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Businesses join fight against COVID-19 by aiding health care workers

From software companies to local restaurants, businesses across the nation have shifted away from their typical operations and are aiding health care workers fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. Though several companies lack the financial ability to fund medical research and equipment manufacturing, they are using their existing services to support health care workers.
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At Canyon Park Starbucks, the drive-thru and mobile ordering services remain open, offering free “tall” size hot coffees to any and all healthcare personnel actively working to fight the coronavirus. Many local businesses have also adapted to online and mobile ordering with contactless pickups to minimize the spread of disease. Photo by Sonya Sheptunov

From software companies to local restaurants, businesses across the nation have shifted away from their typical operations and are aiding health care workers fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. Though several companies lack the financial ability to fund medical research and equipment manufacturing, they are using their existing services to support health care workers.

Airbnb leads hospitality industry in offering free housing to essential workers.

Health care workers around the world currently risk exposing the virus to their families after interacting with patients on a daily basis, requiring them to self-isolate. Airbnb recently began paying homeowners to house medical workers and essential personnel in their uninhabited vacation properties. 

Aside from Airbnb, thousands of hotel chains around the nation have joined an initiative called “Hospitality for Hope”, offering over 3.4 million hotel rooms to medical workers.

Crocs and other companies are offering free shoes to essential workers.

Although Crocs are now synonymous with casualwear, its ergonomic design has also made it useful for medical workers maintaining a physically-demanding schedule on a daily basis. The company has made a pledge to donate thousands of Crocs to support workers and provide them with footwear.

Other companies donating shoes to frontline workers include Puma, Ugg and Nike.

HospitalHero and other technology-based startups are offering services to essential workers.

As a response to the pandemic, coders in Silicon Valley developed software to connect health care workers with volunteers who are available to run errands. Medical personnel submit a form through the website, requesting services such as meal deliveries, grocery runs and clothing. Their form is then sent to a volunteer who can fulfill their requests.

Several volunteers around the country are working to develop apps to help mitigate the economic effects of the virus. These initiatives include telemedicine apps and ways to increase connectivity between health care workers and their families. 

Starbucks and other food-service chains are offering meals to essential workers.

Starbucks has announced that they will provide free beverages to essential workers in all of their brick-and-mortar locations nationwide. 

Other food service chains offering free or discounted food to essential workers include Taco Bell, Dunkin’, McDonald’s and Sweetgreen.

From articles of clothing to food to housing and transportation, companies across the nation are coming together to support healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. 

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Divya Akkiraju
Divya Akkiraju, Co-Business Manager
Junior Divya Akkiraju is the Co-Business Manager of Nordic News for the 2019-2020 school year. She hopes to reflect on Inglemoor’s entrepreneurial spirit through writing, interviewing and exploring for Nordic News. She also hopes to use journalism as a learning tool to mature her communication and marketing skills in order to benefit her own growth within the business field. Outside of Nordic News and following the IB Diploma pathway, she is exploring the concept of entrepreneurship through real-world experience. She manages her own start-up companies, has helped initiate local non-profits, has started clubs at her school, and gets involved with others’ companies through interning. She is also passionate about progressing her growth as a beach volleyball player.
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Sonya Sheptunov, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Sonya Sheptunov is the Nordic News Co-Editor-in-Chief for the 2019-2020 school year. She has a passion for storytelling and a desire to bring people together, which has presented itself in a goal to bring podcasting and radio journalism to Nordic News. Aside from Nordic, she can be found grinding away at schoolwork, producing radio for KUOW 94.9 as an Advanced Producer and practicing kickboxing at West Family Martial Arts.

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