Denver Couple Get Locals to Howl at Moon Every Night to Show Coronavirus Solidarity

Communities in Denver are howling together each evening to show solidarity with people affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Shelsea Ochoa and Brice Maiurro came up with an idea to bring their friends together as both dealt with the consequences of the city's stay-at-home order.

The couple started a Facebook group called "Go Outside and Howl at 8pm" on March 27.

There are now more than 450,000 members, with some as far away as Switzerland and Brazil.

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The description reads: "What better time to howl than this time of isolation?

"Every night at 8pm in your time zone, take a minute to step outside and let out a cathartic howl!

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"We'll post up daily themes that may or may not be very, very, very important. INVITE YOUR PEEPS! Let's see how many people the world over we can get to howl in one night!

"Feel free to share a video or picture with the hashtag #howlat8."

Ochoa told the Denver Channel she initially got the idea after seeing people going to a beach in Brazil at sunset to cheer before performing capoeira, a martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

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The pair were also inspired by people cheering, clapping or singing while in quarantine around the world.

"We just fell into it. We didn't really choose howling. I'm glad we ended up doing it because it's resonated with people," Maiurro said. "There's a sense of pushing through your inhibitions. I think there's something to be said about why wolves howl—it's to connect with other wolves."

Maiurro told Denver paper Westword that different people have put their own meaning on it. "We see people who say, 'I'm going to howl for all the hospital workers, the people on the front lines.' I think it was a fun thing," he said.

"It made sense with being in isolation; it makes people feel connected to each other when they howl and hear someone howl back."

The howl has also reportedly been heard in Atlanta, Idaho and Mill Valley, California, according to The Sacramento Bee. It has also been heard in New York City, where the death toll is continuing to rise steeply. The state has recorded 5,489 deaths, up from 4,758 a day earlier.

Newsweek has reached out to the organizers Ochoa and Maiurro for comment.

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