Caremongering is the heartwarming new trend to spring out of the coronavirus pandemic

IT'S easy to argue the coronavirus pandemic has brought out the worst in people – especially when you see heart-wrenching photos of the elderly struggling to do their weekly shop.

That said, the COVID-19 outbreak has also brought us all together in many ways and resulted in the emergence in a new trend known as "caremongering".

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Coined by Canadian Twitter users, the term has been coined for "a movement rapidly spreading across Canada to spread kindness and help others in communities (particularly those most vulnerable to COVID-19.)

"Examples: going to the grocery stores for those unable, single mother in Ottowa receiving food for her baby, or an exercise class held for quarantined patients."

Becky Vass was one of the inspirations behind the term "caremongering" after she created the #viralkindess cards.

Available for free online, Becky created the blank cards so people can fill them in and deliver them to neighbours who may be self-isolating and in need of help.

Posting the template online, Becky wrote: "I’ve been feeling pretty helpless watching the news. Maybe you have too?

"I wanted to do something about it, so I’ve made a postcard that I’ll be posting to my older neighbours as this progresses (after washing my hands!).

“If just one person feels less lonely or isolated when faced with this pandemic, then I’ll feel better about it (I hope). Coronavirus is scary. Let’s make kindness go viral."

But it's not just in Canada where "caremongering" has taken off – the trend has also gone global too.

Last week, sweet best friends Addyson McGuire, six, and Lucy Shaban, four, used their pocket money to buy loo roll for their elderly neighbours.

The Australian children, from Mareeba, Queensland, have combined their small allowances to buy toilet paper and tissues for the elderly community in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Addyson's mum Petrina posted a sweet photo of the pair holding a soft toy in each hand and pulling along a wooden cart full of supplies their neighbours would have struggled to stock up on.

The proud mum wrote: "Loaded with toilet paper and tissues they purchased with pocket money and are walking around pensioner cottages seeing if they need any."

"The pensioners loved having them knock on the door and ask if they would like some as the shops run out," Patrina said. "Some people needed some and were very grateful."

After a fight broke out over the last toilet roll in an Australian supermarket earlier this month, members of a Facebook group started posting kind messages in their local stores to thank workers.

One read: "Thank-you for keeping the shelves stocked and coming to work daily, while the world goes insanely crazy with panic buying. We appreciate you!!! #thekindnesspandemic"

Meanwhile, Lois Casimes, from Washington, has taken to wearing a sign reading "thank you healthcare workers".

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Lois has been wearing the touching sign as she walks past the Life Care Centre, where at least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked to the facility.

In the UK, Greggs has been giving free hot drinks to NHS and emergency service staff.

Valentina Harper – who set up the Canadian "caremongering" group – told the BBC: “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.”

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