Coronavirus: Going above and beyond the call of duty

A lot of startups, individuals, and corporates are stepping up to go above and beyond their call of duty in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Going above and beyond the call of duty

Monday April 20, 2020,

3 min Read

So, the lockdown has been extended and it feels like self-isolation and social distancing is the new normal. We know being home 24x7 isn't easy for a lot of people. Coupled with uncertainty about the present and the future, there is a lot going on. And it is quite understandable if you are experiencing anxiety and stress. 

Modi, coronavirus

In a webinar, Dr Samir Parikh of Fortis Healthcare answered questions on how to keep our mental health in check during this lockdown. We also found some apps that could make this a little easier – help you overcome your stress, or just ensure your mental wellbeing during these difficult times.

WFH Mental Health

Given that this lockdown has forced everyone to work from home, MeitY launched an innovation challenge for Indian startups to find solutions to video conferencing. Speaking of innovations, we discovered several interesting applications of technology to fight this current crisis. For example, meet Mumbai-based startup ideaForge, which has been deploying drones to monitor social distancing. 

ideaforge drone

Credit: ideaForge

Last week, we also saw a lot of startups, individuals, and corporates stepping up to go above and beyond their call of duty in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Hero MotoCorp is providing custom-built mobile ambulances, fashion designer Anita Dongre is making face masks, Bengaluru-based startup CoRover launched an AI-based doctor-video bot for your COVID-19 related queries, CRED is helping users to pay their rent using credit cards, and so many more.


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Quote of the day:

"The seismic events unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic will have a powerful impact on the world we live in, changing it in ways we had never imagined were possible. The economic damage is likely to be unprecedented."

- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon

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