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Covid-19 Pandemic Heroes


Crisis heroism; Emergency heroism; Frontline heroism


Covid-19 pandemic heroism refers to the heroic actions of essential workers who perform a range of services in industries that are essential to the critical functioning of society. Distinctions are made between essential healthcare workers and essential non-health care workers such as food service workers.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought workers of some professions into the spotlight, for who it might have been a completely new experience. Doctors, nurses, truck drivers, or other professionals received overnight an official status essential. While the local public remained under lockdown regulations across the globe, these essential workers were expected to leave their families behind and perform their duties according to the new emergency plan. In this context, the essential workers, and especially those from the health care sectors, were celebrated as heroes. Whereas some might have assumed that the Covid-19...

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Pronizius, E. (2023). Covid-19 Pandemic Heroes. In: Encyclopedia of Heroism Studies. Springer, Cham.

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