Politicians wearing protective gear to attend a session in Belgium. Canadians leaving notes at their windows so neighbors know they are not alone. Volunteer workers sewing masks nonstop to protect their nurses and doctors in Spain. Citizens volunteering to spray disinfectants in India and Afghanistan. And Pope Francis continues to pray from his window into an empty Piazza San Pietro.
The world has changed forever in only a few months. This is what it looks like.
Belgium: Where politicians wear protective gear to work
Vesselin Mareshki, right, leader of Bulgarian Political party Volya and an MP from his party wear protective suits during Parliamentary session in the Bulgarian National Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Canada: Where ‘you are not alone’ notes decorate windows
Signs of support are shown on a window in Montreal, Sunday, March 29, 2020, as Coronavirus COVID-19 cases rise in Canada and around the world.
Germany: Where people seem to be following the quarantine rules
Only occasionally do cars drive over the city’s largest traffic junction, the Riebeckplatz in Halle, Germany, March 29, 2020. There are exit restrictions throughout Germany due to the coronavirus.
England: Where people were “called” to stay home
A red phone box stands in an empty street in Westminster, in London, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The public has been asked to self-isolate, keeping distant from others to limit the spread of the contagious COVID-19 coronavirus.
England: Where people wish you luck and ask you to stay safe with graffiti
A jogger runs past graffiti that says ‘good luck and stay safe’ a reference to the ongoing battle to stop the spread of the coronavirus in London, Monday, March 30, 2020.
England: Where keeping a distance from each other doesn’t have to look so bad
People sit on benches at Primrose Hill, in London, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The public has been asked to self-isolate, keeping distant from others to limit the spread of the contagious COVID-19 coronavirus.
Spain: Where volunteers work nonstop to protect their nurses and doctors with handmade masks
Volunteer workers in a clothing factory manufacturing firefighting gear, make hospital gowns for medical staff to protect them from the coronavirus, in Arnedo, northern Spain, Monday, March 30, 2020.
Spain: Where the national guard is also working at hospitals to help contain the spread of the virus
Spanish Royal Guard soldiers during disinfection work at a hospital to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Spain and Italy demanded more European help as they fight still-surging coronavirus infections amid the continent’s worst crisis since World War II.
Spain: Where the tradition of talking to your neighbor balcón a balcón has seen a comeback
A woman stands to lean against the window during a nationwide confinement to counter the new coronavirus in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that his government will order a two-week ban on commuting to all non-essential businesses starting on Monday.
France: Where not even the bad weather can stop first responders on a helicopter
A coronavirus patient from Metz in France is transported from a military helicopter for treatment at the University Hospital in Essen, Germany, in bad weather Sunday, March 29, 2020. Two COVID-19 coronavirus victims are to be treated in Germany.
Sweden: Where some people still have a hard time staying at home despite the almost 4,000 confirmed cases
People sit in a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The streets of Stockholm are quiet but not deserted. People still sit at outdoor cafes in the center of Sweden’s capital. After a long, dark Scandinavian winter, the coronavirus pandemic is not keeping Swedes at home even while citizens in many parts of the world are sheltering in place and won’t find shops or restaurants open on the few occasions they are permitted to venture out.
Greece: Where the Prime Minister adds social distancing to the Independence Day celebration protocol
From right to left, Greek Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Spokesman of the Greek Parliament Konstantinos Tasoulas, Greek former Prime Minister and leader of the main opposition Syriza party Alexis Tsipras, Greek Socialist party leader Fofi Gennimata and general secretary of the Greek Communist Party Dimitris Koutsoubas attend a short ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The annual military parade commemorates Greek Independence Day, which marks the start of the war of independence in 1821 against the 400-year Ottoman rule, was canceled Wednesday amid a circulation ban imposed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 but a flyover with jets and helicopters took place.
Japan: Where the Olympics had to be postponed to 2021
Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori delivers a speech during the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Tokyo, Japan Monday, March 30, 2020. Mori talked to IOC President Thomas Bach on Monday about rescheduling the games for next year. The new date is July 23, 2021.
India: Where people are volunteering to spray disinfectant
An Indian girl stands amid smoke as municipal workers fumigate an area spray disinfectants as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 in Ahmedabad, India, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized to the public on Sunday for imposing a three-week national lockdown, calling it harsh but “needed to win” the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Afghanistan: Where spraying cars with a disinfectant is a labor of love by volunteers
Volunteers in protective suits spray disinfectant on passing vehicles helping curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The government Friday ordered a three-week lock-down for Kabul to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
Vatican: Where Pope Francis doesn’t lose faith even when that means to pray solo from his window every day, to an empty Piazza San Pietro
Italian police cars patrol the area outside an empty St.Peter’s Square with the Basilica in the background during Pope Francis’ angelus prayer from his studio overlooking an empty square due to restrictions to contain the Covid-19 virus, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Pope Francis is backing the U.N. chief’s call for a cease-fire in all conflicts raging across the globe to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.