Heartwarming video shows how people are thanking first responders during coronavirus outbreak

If you’re looking for a way to show first responders and essential workers some love during the coronavirus outbreak, this video has a simple solution: clapping.

New Yorkers have banded together while socially distancing to give thanks to the people on the frontline fighting the virus by going to their windows at 7 p.m. each night and giving them a round of applause.

What started as a one-off event has now become a daily occurrence, and social media users are encouraging other cities to adopt the nightly ritual to show those who are risking their lives and their health that their sacrifice is appreciated.

Comedian Amy Schumer posted that she participated:

As did actress Téa Leoni:

With the outbreak continuing to spread, the nightly standing ovation has become a great opportunity for neighbors to bond without violating the rules of social distancing, and to boost morale among essential workers.

People all across New York City are posting videos of their own salutes with the hashtag #ClapBecauseWeCare all across social media, providing a few moments of cheer during this difficult time.

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