En español | For weeks now, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and first responders around the world have been on battle footing, working long hours with limited supplies to treat those stricken with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Waiting in lockdown for the pandemic to weaken, many of those behind the front lines have been putting their time and creativity into public expressions of gratitude. Here are some of the ways individuals and communities across the country and around the world are saying thanks to critical health care workers and first responders.
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An 8-foot-high “Thank you” adorns a fence near Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. Artist Scott LoBaido has installed similar works outside hospitals in his home borough of Staten Island.
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A mural near a hospital in Dallas evokes the iconic, World War II-era image of Rosie the Riveter to pay tribute to nurses working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
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PHOTO BY: John Gowdy
A masked medical worker cradles the world in a six-ton sand sculpture created by artists John Gowdy and Laura Cimador-Gowdy at their home in Galloway, New Jersey.
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Brice Maiurro, Shelsea Ochoa, Anna Beazer and Kali Healf, from left, howl in Denver's Cheesman Park on April 8, one of many rituals that have emerged across the country as Americans take a moment each night to thank essential workers.
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A masked artist chalks a message of gratitude on the sidewalk outside of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Flushing, New York, on April 8.
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Car headlights are reflected in a window at Bailey Medical Center in Owasso, Oklahoma, as medical staff wave to people who filled the parking lot and honked their horns to thank health care workers at an event on April 1.
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Red Cross volunteers pick tulips in a Rome park on April 8 for bouquets to be given to doctors, nurses, volunteers and hospitals battling the pandemic in Italy, one of the countries hit hardest by COVID-19.
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Boarded-up shop windows have become a canvas for thanking health care workers in Vancouver, British Columbia's normally bustling Gastown neighborhood.
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A teenager draws a rainbow and the logo of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) on her house in Liverpool, England. Rainbows have become ubiquitous on British windows and walls as a tribute to NHS workers.
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A Swiss army soldier waves next to a heart and the message “pour vous” (for you) he built out of flowers below a hospital building in Payerne, Switzerland.
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