From the courage of frontline workers to the ingenuity of volunteers and generosity of artists, stories of people showing up for one another have gone a long way to lift our spirits during the coronavirus pandemic. Our international partner agencies, including AP, EPA and Reuters, and photographers in Australia have worked hard to capture these often small but inspiring moments.
AAP picture researcher Kristen Daly has picked out 15 of her favourite images from the crisis. To see more, view our curated gallery of top shots.
Medical workers inspire us from the front lines
Italy: Their eyes are tired. Their cheekbones rubbed raw from protective masks. They don't smile. The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy are almost unrecognisable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets - the flimsy battle armour donned at the start of each shift as the only barrier to contagion. This portrait of Martina Papponetti, 25, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo is part of a series featuring Italian medical workers that reflects the resilience of the profession worldwide. Image by Antonio Calanni for AP/AAP. See more images like this.
From Italy to the US, music aficionados perform for their neighbours
United States: Cellist Jodi Beder performs a daily concert on her front porch in the Washington, DC suburb of Mount Rainier, Maryland. One of countless singers and musicians to do so around the globe, Beder started the concerts to help her neighbours deal with the boredom brought on by the pandemic. Image by Jim Lo Scalzo for EPA/AAP. See more images like this.
Artists worldwide say #stayhome and keep the hope
Switzerland: The iconic Matterhorn mountain viewed above the alpine resort of Zermatt, Switzerland is illuminated by the work of Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, who wanted to send messages of hope, support and solidarity to those suffering from COVID-19. Image by Valentin Flauraud for EPA/AAP. See more images like this.
In a bid to keep their staff employed, businesses make the most of it
Sydney: Lewis Jaffrey of Archie Rose Distilling Group poses with a bottle of the brand's signature gin and their new gin-infused hand sanitiser. After the coronavirus outbreak caused the complete closure of licensed venues, Lewis and the Archie Rose team still wanted to keep bar workers in jobs. Thus the idea to produce hand sanitiser was born. From distilleries to fashion houses and more, businesses around the world are doing what they can to help their employees in jobs and participate in the fight against the virus. Image by Bianca De Marchi for AAP. See more images like this.
Healthcare workers applauded in India and around the world
India: An elderly couple bangs pans and cheers for healthcare workers in New Delhi. In late March the WhatsApp messaging app was flooded with claims that "cosmic level sound waves” generated by a collective cheer Modi had asked the country of 1.3 billion to participate in had weakened the virus in India. Over in the United Kingdom, Britons have also taken up the movement of applauding the National Health Service from their windows and porches. Image by Manish Swarup for AP/AAP. See more images like this.
Families turn quarantining into quality time
Melbourne: Chris Franco and son Joe watch an AFL game between Richmond and Carlton at home before the closure of the competition. Families, friends and housemates isolating together have looked on the bright side of staying at home by watching movies together, playing jigsaw puzzles and other relaxed activities. Image by Vince Caligiuri for AAP. See more images like this.
Across generations and behind barriers, people care for one another
United Kingdom: Ben and Isaac talk to their grandmother Sue through a window as she and her husband Alan self-isolate at their home in Knutsford, Cheshire. Image by Alan Rickett for PA/AAP. See more images like this.
Worshippers find unique ways to gather safely
South Korea: Churchgoers attend a drive-in Sunday service inside their cars at Seoul City Church in Seoul. Image by Yonhap for EPA/AAP. See more images like this.
Kind souls come up with new ways to help those in need
Italy: A sign on a basket encourages people to donate food or take some for free in a street in Naples. Image by Ciro De Luca for Reuters/AAP. See more images like this.
...And those working hard to keep the world running
United States: Chris Lyndberg and his wife Megan give a free lunch to truck drivers at a rest area along I-10 in Sacaton, Arizona. The Arizona Trucking Association has given away 500 lunches to westbound truck drivers in appreciation for delivering medical supplies, food, and other necessities. Image by Matt York for AP/AAP. See more images like this.
Volunteers hustle to make protective equipment...
Algeria: Volunteers sew single-use protective masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Algeria. The workshop in Algiers produces up to 1500 units daily. Image by Ammi Louiza for PA/AAP. See more images like this.
...And ingenious 3D-printed face shields
United States: Tilliesa Banks, left, and Amy Leah Potter, right, emergency services nurses at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, demonstrate how they wear medical face shields prior to their shift in a triage tent outside an emergency department used to intake arriving patients who have respiratory symptoms. The face shields were 3-D printed and assembled by members of a network of volunteers using a design approved and hosted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Image by Ted S. Warren for AP/AAP. See more images like this.
Horse-drawn carriages are repurposed for the crisis...
Austria: A coachman in a face mask carries food packages for delivery next to his 'Fiaker' (fiacre, a horse-drawn carriage) in front of the InterContinental Hotel in Vienna. The hotel has cooked hundreds of complimentary hot meals for elderly people around Vienna, with the drivers of three Fiaker carriages helping voluntarily to deliver the food. Image by Christian Bruna for EPA/AAP. See more images like this.
...And privately owned planes, too
Czech Republic: Dan Stastny fits a box with medical supplies into his sport plane for transportation from a small Prague airport to a hospital in Ostrava some 400 kilometre away. Over 300 pilots across the country are participating in the volunteer-based "Pilots to the People" project, in which their private planes are used to distribute medical equipment all across the country. Image by Petr David Josek for AP/AAP. See more images like this.
From China to Venezuela, we're all in this together
Venezuela: Medical specialists from China arrive at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in La Guaira, Venezuela to assist the country with preventative measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Countries across the world are coming to the aid of their neighbours with food, medical supplies, expertise and other goods. Image by Matias Delacroix for AP/AAP. See more images like this.
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