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The numbers keep rising.

In the 3 months since it was first detected, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected upwards of 725,000 people all around the world, claiming over 34,000 lives, and counting.

Amidst this global pandemic, healthcare workers are selflessly working around the clock to treat the infected and to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are our first line of defense in the battle against the virus.

However, this fight is slowly and steadily turning into a “war with no ammo”.

A Critical Shortage of Equipment

Doctors, nurses and medical workers are reporting a lack of protective gear, including proper masks, medical gowns, and eye gear that serve to protect them from contracting the infection and in turn, spreading it to their families and others.

The situation is dire: hundreds of healthcare workers have been forced into quarantine in the US as the virus gains in strength every single day. ​Nearly 10% of Italy’s COVID-19 cases are healthcare workers themselves.

However, they still keep fighting the pandemic so that we can stay safe at home. And while at home, some of us are coming up with “novel” ways to support them.

The Crypto-Community Steps Up

FreeBitco.in, a leading bitcoin gaming website and ​free bitcoin​ faucet, is spearheading an initiative called the “#ThankYouHealthWorkers” campaign.

On Tuesday, 31st March, between 13:00 - 16:00 UTC, the campaign goes live on their website. FreeBitco.in will ​donate 20% of the House Edge Revenue earned during the 3-hour donation window to the ​coronavirus relief fund.

If you’d like to support the masked heroes on the frontlines too, follow the steps given below:

  1. Head over to FreeBitco.in.
  2. Create an account in seconds.
  3. Click on Multiply BTC.
  4. Play the Bitcoin Dice game between 13:00 - 16:00 UTC on 31st March.
  5. FreeBitco.in will donate 20% of the house edge revenue earned.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to ​Direct Relief, ​an organization that is “coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the US to provide personal protective equipment and other items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).”

“Anything we do is negligible compared to the sacrifice made by the healthcare workers during this pandemic,” said “wetsuit”, the founder of FreeBitco.in. “We urge the crypto-community to come together and support the #thankyouhealthworkers campaign.”

The threat is real, but so is the sacrifice. Stay home, stay safe, and join the cause by contributing to COVID-19 relief for healthcare workers. Share this article with as many people as you can with the hashtag #ThankYouHealthWorkers. If all of us band together, we could turn the tide against the coronavirus in no time.

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