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Social media response to COVID-19

Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 23:58:33-04

SALT LAKE CITY — For every image of people cleaning out store shelves, there are stories of others being unselfish.

We are seeing first-hand, sometimes the worst of times can bring out the best in us.

FOX 13 recently asked our viewers on Facebook what they are most concerned about as news of the coronavirus surrounds us.

Hundreds of people responded – and the results were alarming.

One person who said she has a child with no immune system wrote, “This is terrifying to us.”

A woman who describes herself as elderly said with things like church and the senior center closed, she has “never felt so isolated, alone and scared before.”

Young or old, the coronavirus is impacting our daily lives. But there are some in our community who want to help.

A Facebook group called "Salt Lake Valley Covid19 Mutual Aid" was organized this weekend with hundreds of people joining who want to help.

Scrolling through the posts, it doesn’t take very long to see how selfless people can be.

One person wrote: “We are available to share, deliver things, anything that is needed."

Another added: “Has anyone found a way to help the elderly that may be living alone? They are breaking my heart. I will run all their errands."

And maybe the busiest people among us these days are those who work for grocery stores. One man who said he works at Harmons wrote: "If there is a way to help, let me know.”

We reached out to Harmons, and they told us its all hands on deck.

“Our associates are dedicated to help keep products available and accessible to our customers,” the company's president said in a statement.

All examples of people trying to help each other get through this.

Harmons added they are hopeful the impact of coronavirus to Utahns is minimal — a statement we can all get behind.

To tell us how the coronavirus is affecting you, just head over to our Facebook page and leave a message.