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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ryan Faircloth

18 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Students in fraternities and sororities at the University of Minnesota have moved many of their social activities to a virtual space and are taking precautions for those living in Greek housing to protect members and ...

The Boston Globe

Armand Manoukian

7 October 2020

United States

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An online forum focused on providing an outlet for those who are seeking a way "to share their experiences with COVID-19" has gained a global community with participants from five countries engaging in discussions. Al...

WBEZ

Edie Rubinowitz

7 September 2020

Illinois, United States

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The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated how seniors are able to come together for companionship, but groups in Illinois are trying to utilize technology to address the problem. While the digital divide is a significant ...

The New York Times

Julia Hotz

29 August 2020

United States

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Coronavirus-related loneliness increased demand for groups that help people make personal connections and new friends, even if at a distance. A New York MeetUp, “I wanted to do that … just not alone”, has seen attenda...

BBC

Jessica Jones

26 August 2020

London, England

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Bartering has surged in popularity as neighbors and community members seek hard-to-find items during the pandemic. Groups with thousands of members have emerged, and people are trading household items as well as their...

Wired

Kate Knibbs

22 June 2020

Japan

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Robot pet therapy, which uses a social robot designed to look like a small animal, weigh the same as an infant, and communicate in a socially comforting way, is helping isolated seniors find a sense of companionship d...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

19 June 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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When the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in widespread lockdowns, a Washington, D.C. Episcopal day school partnered with a retirement home to help students and seniors provide companionship to one another and decrease lone...

Religion News Service

Yonat Shimron

11 June 2020

Florida, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic shut down large gatherings, some churches in the U.S. began offering outdoor services to safely serve their congregations – such as in one retirement community in Florida where members at...

Are We Europe

Juliette Bretan

9 June 2020

Poland

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In Poland, a volunteer helpline connects elderly residents who call in with volunteers to engage in compassionate conversation during the coronavirus pandemic. While other hotlines exist that help provide aid services...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

12 May 2020

Tilton, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, nursing homes and veteran's homes are turning to online video conferencing and outdoor socially-distanced activities to manage the patients' feelings of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Alt...

Minority Africa

Torinmo Salau

10 May 2020

Lagos, Nigeria

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Pregnant women in Nigeria are turning to virtual support groups to help manage anxiety and fear they feel about delivering a baby during the coronavirus pandemic. Although the telehealth transition for doctor visits h...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

23 April 2020

Lakes Region, New Hampshire, United States

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The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region in New Hampshire have quickly pivoted to offering online classes and outreach to help their students and their family to maintain some semblance of social connection, routin...

WPXI-TV

Ryan Houston

15 April 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In cities across the United States, the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting communities of color in part due to a lack of information being provided to these areas. A non-profit in Pittsburg is workin...

The Sierra Nevada Ally

Jessica Santina

12 April 2020

Reno, Nevada, United States

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When the size of group gatherings began to be limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19, recovery programs had to rethink how to hold meetings – such as moving groups to online formats. Although there are limitations ...

WRC-TV

Jackie Bensen

7 April 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Connecting to a priest—by video or telephone—can offer relief to those dying alone. The Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, recently launched Dial-A-Priest, a servic...

KJZZ

Katherine Davis-Young

2 April 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused theaters and other art venues to close, but some performing artists in Arizona are taking their work online to connect with the community. Although this hasn't yet created a stream ...

LAist

Mike Roe

2 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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With COVID19 putting the majority of us in self-isolation or quarantine, LA-based photographers have found unique ways to capture this moment. Without coming into contact with individuals – which is often a fundamenta...

Los Angeles Times

Chris Erskine

2 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To manage isolation and the lockdown provisions during the coronavirus, many people are turning to fostering or adopting a new pet. Rescue organizations are implementing social distancing protocols for these adoptions...

Los Angeles Times

Cindy Chang

1 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To better manage the isolation of being quarantined during the coronavirus, people living in the same communities in neighborhoods of Los Angeles are making "quarantine buddies." Although this method of forming small ...

KCRW

Steve Chiotakis

1 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

Radio

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As social distancing is preventing community members to pay proper respects to those who passed, people are inventing new ways to connect with one another and celebrate both life and death. This piece features example...

BBC

Sophia Smith Galer

25 March 2020

Netherlands

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VR Church, an online, fully virtual place of worship, offers a religious community outlet for people who are not able to attend physical churches, for reasons of disability, autism, or any number of things that keep p...

Buzzfeed

Tricia Wang

24 March 2020

Wuhan, China

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While the media mostly highlights the top-down, government-led measures of containment happening in Wuhan, China, an invisible, sophisticated grassroots network has also had a powerful positive effect on stemming the ...

Mother Jones

Will Peischel

24 March 2020

Havre De Grace, Maryland, United States

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As meetings and social gatherings of all kinds have been postponed or canceled altogether, the support group Alcoholics Anonymous faced a particular challenge given the imperative and power of their in-person meetings...

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Zainab Iqbal

24 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, houses of worship are urging their followers to pray at home. Synagogues, mosques, and churches alike are looking at alternative ways to w...

FastCompany

Steven Melendez

23 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Hosting business meetings over Zoom is nothing new during the coronavirus pandemic, but performing artists are also using the platform and adapting their work to the videoconferencing software. After initial performan...

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