Answering a Pandemic: Introducing the series 'CGU Heroes'


An Inspiring New Story Series for Challenging Times

IF YOU’RE LIKE US, YOU’VE EXPERIENCED a range of powerful emotions previously fourteen days. Disbelief our lives could be so disrupted so suddenly. Frustration over long lines and empty shelves. Concern for family in affected areas. Afraid of others due to an enemy we can't see.

But without doubt you've also seen stories of kindness, selflessness, and heroism-stories of people whose actions remind us of our shared humanity.

Many members of our CGU community have been working tirelessly-some behind the curtain plus some around the front lines-to address the pandemic. Their stories have inspired us, and we hope they keep you going too.

Over the next weeks, you will get to know a few of these amazing colleagues, starting today having a professor who's creating a improvement in a nation in critical condition on the other hand around the globe.

We call them CGU Heroes: those who embody what it really means to carry the flame.

On the front lines in Iran: Javad Fadardi’s story

Javad S. Fadardi is a research associate professor within the university's School of Community & Global Health. He what food was in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad once the pandemic reached Iran.

Fadardi is working tirelessly on numerous fronts in the battle against the novel coronavirus: He is serving with an Iranian national committee for mental health problems and is assisting to develop an app to be used in Iran and the U.S. which will instill healthy habits to avoid contracting COVID-19.

Fadardi joins a lot more than 5,000 psychologists and psychiatrists on the national hotline to help those who have been affected directly or indirectly by the disease. And he is preparing short video clips to help individuals respond better and less harmfully to the outbreak.

“We all are people, and without supporting one another and sharing love, we cannot survive”

— Javad Fadardi

Fadardi is reluctant to call himself a hero, but he says he's inspired through the heroism and selflessness of others inside a nation with one of probably the most severe outbreaks of COVID-19.

\”Many of the medical staff haven't been capable of going home for nearly 40 days. They're working 24/7, and sometimes they distribute in the effort,\” Fadardi says. \”And many infectious disease specialists and nurses have forfeit their lives here. They're increased heroes than those killed in battle.\”

He also shares accounts of young kids who have sent their masks to medical staff because they need them more, of volunteers who are screening millions over the telephone, of scientists who're working nonstop to make a vaccine or perhaps a medication in order to save lives.

Amid the suffering, Fadardi remains an optimist.

\”Although it's brought us misery, I have faith that the coronavirus pandemic helps everybody around the world gradually to unify and come to some very basic understanding: All of us are human beings, and without supporting one another and sharing love, we cannot survive,\” he says. \”We live only once. Let’s make it a worthwhile life for everyone.\”

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