Vox, “People are helping each other fight coronavirus, one Google spreadsheet at a time”

Thousands of volunteers in new “mutual aid” groups are bringing groceries, medications, and more to vulnerable strangers.

It’s been replicating like crazy over the past couple of weeks, spreading from person to person, city to city, country to country.

The coronavirus, yes — but also the mutual aid meant to combat it.

By this point, many of you mayhave seen the Google Docs, Google Forms, and other spreadsheets circulating online with the words “mutual aid” in the title. That’s a fancy way of saying we should all help each other get through this pandemic, giving what we can to neighbors and strangers alike. In these shared documents, thousands of people are jotting down their contact information and offering to do just that.

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