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This Ugandan MP Just Dropped The Coronavirus Banger We All Need

Your new favourite song.

Right now, information about the spread of coronavirus is everywhere – and not all of it factual. While Australia spends its time trying to decipher whatever Scott Morrison just said (and then backflipped on), and wishing we could just look to Jacinda Ardern instead, Uganda has come up with the best possible coronavirus song to get official information out there. 

Like this but way better

First of all, starting with “The bad news is that everybody is a potential victim, but the good news is that everybody is a potential solution” is the most encouraging line I’ve heard out of this whole pandemic.

Give it a watch.

Now while you bop along to that for the rest of the day, here’s a fun fact for you. The musicians you see in the video are Bobi Wine and Nubian Li. Bobi Wine’s real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and he’s a Ugandan MP – representing the Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso District. 

Bobi Wine is kind of a similar figure to Peter Garret. He’s been making music with a message since the early 2000s, and decided to try his hand at politics in 2017. He won his election very comfortably, and worked his way up to becoming a major opposition leader in Uganda.

He’s even been locked up for leading a demonstration against the current president, President Yoweri Museveni.

Across the globe, music has been a major way to help spread the message of what to do to flatten the curve. Vietnam gave us this incredibly catchy tune:

And the Ndlovu Youth Choir partnered with the South African government to give us this:

Bobi Wine’s version doesn’t just give us instructions though, it also gives a sense of hope which we’ve been so desperately missing over the last few months. Uganda’s coronavirus song is my favourite purely for the fact that it doesn’t send me into a spiraling depression.

“It’s a global pandemic we can never take for granted… It’s a matter of life we can never take for granted.”

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos Wants You To Help Pay His Amazon Employees

"You can make a voluntary donation to the fund if you desire to do so.”

Jeff Bezo is rich. Like, really rich. Like, the world’s first centi-billionaire rich. The richest man on the face of this dying planet rich. So, naturally, Jeff Bezos has decided to ask the general public to donate money to support Amazon’s workers through the coronavirus pandemic.

The economy is not doing great right now. Here in Australia we have lines for Centrelink that are winding back around buildings, and MyGov as crashed trying to deal with the sudden influx of people needing to access welfare. It’s a situation playing out all over the globe though, and jobs are being lost everywhere, across every industry.

Amazon have about 800 000 employees across the company, and have announced The Amazon Relief Fund to help them through the coming months. It was created with $25m from Amazon itself, and says it’s focused on “supporting our US-based Delivery Associates … and drivers and support team members of line haul partners under financial distress due to a Covid-19 diagnosis or quarantine.”

They also added this fun line: “While we aren’t expecting anyone to do so, you can make a voluntary donation to the fund if you desire to do so.”

That’s actually the re-written line too, because originally they were straight up asking people to donate via text or through their payroll if they were a worker.

Amazon is worth $1 trillion, and Jeff Bezos himself is worth an estimated $114 billion. As a side note, in 2018 Amazon reported an income of $11 billion but paid $0 in federal taxes.

We’re all under a lot of stress at the moment, some more than others depending on whether or not you’ve still got a job right now. If you do have some spare coins, I’m going to suggest you donate them to something other than doing Jeff Bezos’s job for him.

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So You're Missing A Funeral Because Of Coronavirus Lockdown

This will pass soon enough, but there are moments you can’t get back.

We’re all missing out on things we wish we could be doing. Weddings, coffee dates, even just giving our mates a hug. As borders close and restrictions on public gatherings are put in place, the very grim realities of coronavirus are that we will be missing some pretty important events, like funerals.

I live in New South Wales. We got a call earlier in the week to say that a family friend we thought was perfectly healthy only has a short time to live. That friend lives in Tasmania, who have effectively closed their borders to mainland Australia (and anyone else for that matter) by introducing a mandatory two week quarantine for anyone who enters the state. Our friend doesn’t have two weeks.

It’s a pretty brutal realisation, but it’s one that I know I’m not alone in. People are going to be missing the births, funerals, and marriages of loved ones because of the coronavirus, and while this will all pass soon enough, those are moments you can’t get back. 

Coronavirus is so scary that a New York hospital system is banning birthing partners from hospital rooms. People in Italy are saying goodbye to their dying loved ones over video call.

People are giving birth alone and dying alone. 

When all this madness has passed and we’re allowed outside again, we’ll go to Tasmania and say goodbye to our friend properly. We’ll meet the babies that were born during quarantine, and we’ll sit with our friends and look at their wedding pictures. It’s tough right now. Really tough. We’ll get through to the other side, but we’ll never forget what and who we lost in the process.

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