Over 35 Facebook groups have been set up by Canadians to support people impacted by the Corona virus. Tens of thousands of people have joined these groups to offer their support to those who are more at risk of health complications relating to corona virus.
The term "caremongering" was coined by Mita Hans and Valentina Harper and others, who set up the original support group on Facebook.
Valentina told the BCC, "Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other.
"It's spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time - now more than ever."
Read the full BBC article here.
The UK has been following suite. In Greater Manchester, Rachel Pleasant set up a Facebook group and has been recruiting volunteers to help local residents who are elderly, vulnerable or stuck at home. Between the 2000+ members, they have divvyd up the streets and are visiting residents and offering to run errands or pick up suppliers.
"I think we just felt panic never solves anything, let's focus some of that energy on really helping the people in our community." Read the article here.