A mystery donor stepped up in a big way to help those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. According to reports, the mystery man donated $1 million to employees at a California hospital in Santa Cruz to thank them for their work.
“Thank you for standing up (and staying up!) to care for our community,” the donor wrote in a note, according to the New York Post. “This humankindness is what makes you heroic.”
The Hill reports full-timers will get $800, while part-timers receive $600 from the donation.
“We cannot adequately express the depth of our gratitude for this gracious, selfless gift,” hospital President Nanette Mickiewicz said in a statement.
“We are incredibly proud of the work our hospital family is doing in the face of such an unprecedented situation. This generous donation is a testament to their clinical excellence, their tireless dedication and, most of all, their profound humanity.”
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 68,700 deaths in the United States and more than 1 million confirmed cases — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.