Covid-19: Australians rally on social media to help virus healthcare workers


Koch, an administrator for the Victorian branch of the Facebook group Adopta Heathcare Worker, understands the pressure doctors have been under since the outbreak took hold. Her brother works in a hospital and her mother is a GP. Th group’s is to match volunteer helpers with ‘adoptee’ healthcare workers struggling with increased work hours and stress from the pressures of fighting an unprecedented medical emergency that is unfolding across the globe. — AFP

MELBOURNE: While social media has been widely blamed for spreading dangerous coronavirus misinformation, tens of thousands of Australians are using their networks to support the healthcare workers risking their lives on the front lines of the pandemic.

When Chris Nicholas launched the Facebook group Adopta Healthcare Worker in Perth on March 14, he expected a handful of “mates and friends of friends” might join.

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