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There is a beautiful trend happening in Vancouver during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and Canadians across the nation should emulate it.
Vancouverites open their windows at 7 p.m. and cheer for seven minutes in honour of the brave Canadian health care workers who give of themselves tirelessly in caring for their fellow citizens. Shouting, cheering, applause and banging pots can be heard up and down the streets, and it's a glorious sound.
My family happened to be on vacation in Vancouver when this trend began. After returning to Toronto, we felt that we should start this trend in Ontario.
For the past four days, my family and I have been going outside at 7 p.m. and making noise for seven minutes to praise the health care workers fighting COVID-19 here in Ontario. We cheer and shout. We whistle and bang our pots and drums.
Our neighbours gave us strange looks when we started, but a few of them have joined in. I believe that more of our neighbours will join us as the days go by, and our appreciation for our health care workers grows.
We fully believe that this trend is a great initiative. All Canadians should make noise for health care workers fighting this contagion and working to save our lives. We are all in this together, and we need to show it.
Canadians need to make sure that health care workers know how much they appreciate their work, and that Canadians are grateful for what they are doing.
Vancouver Coastal Health workers have gone on social media to express their gratitude for the cheering they have heard during these 7 p.m. vigils.
In so cheering, we can take in some fresh air, release our voices and our breath, which it feels like we have been holding. It allows people to stop feeling cooped up inside.
It is recommended that people stay inside and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but all it takes to join the appreciation cacophony is to open a window. People can step out onto their porches and balconies, make noise, and feel the fresh spring air touching their faces.
Staying inside for too long makes people squirrely. Going outside and making noise for health care workers will let people feel somewhat free. This trend would encourage people to be optimistic. It should make people happy.
This is a trend that we can all get behind, it gives us reason to not lose hope. It reminds us that the situation we are in is temporary and let's us know that better days are coming
My family and I plan on engaging in this trend until the COVID-19 pandemic ends. We hope that you will make some noise for Canadian health care workers with us.