Christ the Redeemer Statue Lit up to Look Like a Doctor to Honor Coronavirus Medical Workers

In a touching tribute to medical workers fighting coronavirus, one of Brazil's most iconic attractions was illuminated with a doctor's uniform this Easter Sunday.

A special mass was held on top of ‎Corcovado mountain‎ in Rio de Janeiro to honor those risking their lives to save others during the coronavirus pandemic, with the Christo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue lit up to mark the occasion.

"Obrigado," the Portuguese word for thanks, plus "#FiqueEmCasa" meaning "Stay At Home" was projected onto the 38-meter-tall statue.

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View of a medical worker on the illuminated statue of Christ the Redeemer as Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performs a mass in honor of Act of Consecration of Brazil and tribute to medical workers amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic on April 12, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Moving videos of medical workers, plus flags of nations around the world, accompanied by the word 'hope' were also projected onto the figure of Christ, standing atop the 710-meter granite peak. Other positive messages included "Everything will be alright," written by children.

Countries around the world have honored their healthcare workers in various ways during the coronavirus pandemic, with people in the U.K. clapping for National Health Service workers every Thursday at 8 p.m., and residents in New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, applauding their doctors and nurses every evening at 7 p.m.

To adhere to social-distancing guidelines, the Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performed the Easter ceremony privately, with limited press attendees.

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Aerial view of the illuminated statue of Christ the Redeemer that reads "Thank you" as Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performs a mass in honor of Act of Consecration of Brazil and tribute to medical workers amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic on April 12, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Buda Mendes/Getty Images

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Churches are in lockdown in many nations around the world, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Easter Sunday mass at the foot of Rio's Christ the Redeemer was a chance for Christians the world-over to share in prayer from the safety of their own homes. The prayer was broadcast on various media platforms, including Facebook.

Brazil's Ministry of Health has reported more than 22,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,200 deaths, with 173 recoveries. Worldwide there are have been more than 1.85 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 114,000 deaths, and over 435,00 recoveries.

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View of the illuminated statue of Christ the Redeemer that reads "Hope" as Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performs a mass in honor of Act of Consecration of Brazil and tribute to medical workers amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic on April 12, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
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