San Diegans Show Appreciation To Healthcare Workers With Nightly Display Of Gratitude

April 7, 2020

For the last few evenings San Diegans have embraced a growing global campaign of demonstrating appreciation for healthcare workers battling the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus by taking to their front doors, balconies, and windows to cheer for those on the front lines of this global pandemic.

Since this past weekend when a DJ in East Village performed a short concert from his balcony, each night at 8pm high-rises throughout downtown San Diego and Little Italy have been lit up with deafening cheers for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some cheer while others can be heard banging pots and pans, playing music, and even blaring horns. For those taking part, it is an act of community support and a way to express gratitude to doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, and everyone working on the frontline to care for our city. Many downtown hotels are also lighting rooms in the shape of hearts to honor healthcare workers.

The idea for #ClapForOurCarers was reportedly spurred by London-resident Annemarie Plas, who was inspired by similar tributes in the Netherlands, Spain, and France. Portland, New York, San Francisco and other cities across the United States have also participated in the collective demonstration of encouragement for workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

As San Diego currently sits at more than 1,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 269 of those requiring hospitalization, health professionals believe the city is poised to see a continuing rise in positive cases and deaths in the coming weeks. California Governor Gavin Newson stated this week that he believed the state would reach its peak infection rate in mid-May. During this unprecedented period, first responders, doctors, and nurses are all facing patients in crisis every day, so any demonstration of support is certainly appreciated (unless they're trying to get some early rest).