INITIATIVES TO COMBAT COVID-19
Discover some of the initiatives to fight the coronavirus crisis
Volunteers who offer their help to professionals, supportive neighbours who care for children or the elderly in their community, workers who write letters to cheer the elderly in nursing homes and, above all, the many, many messages of encouragement and support to remind us that, united, we will get out of this. Given the difficult situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, countless initiatives are emerging, promoted both by citizens themselves and by institutions and companies, to raise awareness among the population in order to prevent contagion, help the most affected groups and make confinement more bearable. Iberdrola group supports and echoes many of these initiatives.
- sub MENTAL HEALTH
People's mental health has suffered during the pandemic. Half of women claim to have suffered stress and anxiety during the months of lockdown, feeling they cannot handle everything, and they have had to cope alone. Taking care of mental health is important, too.
- sub MASKS AND FACIAL RECOGNITION
For some years now, facial recognition and artificial intelligence have become one of our greatest travelling companions. However, not even this technology was able to predict that it would be stopped in its tracks by a major obstacle: face masks.
- sub ANTICOVID CLOTHING
How long can the coronavirus last on our clothing? Do we need to put it in the wash when we get home? We present Urban Project, the label from Javier Simorra, which has been the first to put anticovid clothing on sale.
- sub INNOVATION AND CORONAVIRUS
Every year, on 9 November is International Inventor's Day, and this year, a very special one, we would like to share a summary of all the inventions that have appeared thanks to COVID-19.
- sub SMARTPHONE AND CORONAVIRUS
Have you ever wondered how long coronavirus can hang around on your mobile phone or tablet? According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), it can be up to 28 days. Here's how to clean yours.
- sub SITUM COVID-19
The risk of infection in offices in high, but the ability of a tracer to find the contacts for a positive case is very poor. To combat this, Situm COVID-19 has arrived, a new geolocalisation app for businesses with three main uses: ensuring safety distances are maintained, controlling capacity and monitoring people's movements over time.
- sub BACK TO TRAINING
After a break during the months of the lockdown, athletes are once again working toward their goal of competing in Tokyo next summer. A longer road which is even harder than usual, with very unusual training regimes, climbing up and down stairs, adapting parts of the home for training and making the absolute best of training times during the so-called new normal. All these contretemps have made their routines more difficult and are forcing them to get ready against the clock.
- sub LET'S LOOK AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT
There is no best guess for the number of disposable masks produced in recent months, but the figure is stratospheric. Their use is essential to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, but the material from which they are made takes between 400 and 450 years to decompose. Learn to dispose of them correctly.
- sub RADAR COVID APP
Masks, social distancing and hand washing are the three main things we can do to help halt this health crisis by protecting ourselves from the COVID-19 virus. There is a fourth tool that can help to identify cases quickly and, as a result, prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading the disease: the Radar COVID app. Download it now.
- sub WHY DO PANDEMICS HAPPEN?
With the appearance of COVID-19 and its innumerable consequences, pandemics have become a focus of interest for many people. Why do they happen, what brings them about, and, most importantly, how can we avoid them? Everything points to biodiversity destruction as one of the causes.
- sub HEAT AND FACE MASKS
Masks have been made compulsory throughout practically the whole of Spain. They can be uncomfortable to wear in high temperatures, especially if you're not used to them, so it's important to remember the simplest advice for any summer - staying hydrated and avoiding going out at the hottest times of day.
- sub INCLUSIVE MASKS
Face masks have become very much an everyday item of protection for us due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but they still present problems that make life difficult for some. Such is the case for deaf people, who need to lip read to communicate.
- sub HEADING TO TOKYO
Spanish athletes have not taken a single day's rest from their workouts, ready for when things get back to normal. Over the past few days, several of Spain's elite sportswomen have resumed their usual training.
- sub CLEAN ENERGY
Renewable energies offer sustainable growth and are better positioned to cope with the economic impacts of the crisis arising from the pandemic. From all spheres of society, numerous voices are emerging to suggest that this time of recovery should be seized upon.
- sub GREEN MOBILITY
The world we knew before the COVID-19 crisis requires a change, known as Green Recovery, to ensure a future for and by everyone. And the transport model also requires a change. The new mobility must be green, or it cannot exist.
- sub STAGES
In this video we explain the stages of de-escalation. How many people are allowed to meet in each of them?
- sub SUPERA AWARDS
We expanded the scope of our Iberdrola SuperA Awards by creating the new Iberdrola SuperA+ category, which will recognize and support the best charitable initiative undertaken by athletes, federations or other organisations related to the world of sport during the COVID-19 crisis.
- sub FACE MASKS CANNOT BE RECYCLED
The face masks and gloves you throw on the ground will end up in the sea, like any other litter, polluting our environment and harming biodiversity. We cannot allow ourselves to turn today's protection into tomorrow's ocean destruction. Masks cannot be recycled, so please discard them in your normal bin.
- sub COMMITTED TO THE PLANET
Now that we are allowed out again — albeit with safety restrictions —, we must all do our bit to drive a green recovery.
- sub PODCAST: 'GREEN RECOVERY'
The coronavirus pandemic has left many economies quivering. Renewables look promising to ease us through the crisis, not only in social and economic terms, but also in response to climate change. But, can a green recovery really be the solution?
- sub PODCAST: RENEWABLES AND COVID
Our podcast explores the way the pandemic has affected our shift towards renewables and our current commitment to climate change.
- sub BACK TO WORK
The stars of Spanish sport are training again. Paralympic athlete Eva Moral, karateka Sandra Sánchez, gymnast Roxana Popa and athlete Patricia Sarrapio share their thoughts with us about getting back to training.
- sub LOCKDOWN EASING
So that you can carry on "going green", taking precautions and complying with the easing rules, we have decided to put together all the key points you need to know, phase by phase. Because sustainable mobility is safe mobility too.
- sub THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
Even when this is behind us, we still need to address massive challenges such as climate change, air pollution in big cities and loss of biodiversity which need solutions now. What kinds of threats are facing the planet and what can we learn from the current situation?
- sub DAY OF LIGHT
At last, we can turn off the lights at home and switch them on somewhere else. Visit our favourite haunts. Enjoy life again, the everyday things, the joy of being in the street with our friends. We're getting over this together, step by step. A little further away from each other, but together nonetheless. At last, we can see the light.
- sub LIFE AFTER CORONAVIRUS
The day when we can resume our lives is getting closer, but if there is one thing that experts, analysts and the general public all confirm in our everyday conversations: "After the pandemic, the world won't be the same".
- sub ATHLETES AND MOTHERS
Teresa Portela, Silvia Navarro and Liliana Fernández, three elite athletes, explain how they are spending the confinement at home with their children and how they are keeping up with their training, not an easy feat during this enforced lockdown.
- sub INNOVATION
The global health crisis caused by the coronavirus has required a great deployment of resources. Researchers, companies and innovators have been hard at work to do their bit to help palliate the effects of the pandemic.
- sub OUTMOST CARE
Our parents and grandparents deserve the best care and all our efforts. They have given us everything and we owe them everything. And tomorrow we will be just like them. This challenge does not only affect them, it affects everyone. Thank you.
- sub PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Public transport in Spain will not go back to its usual form of operation in the reopening process. Instead it will be adapted to ensure the maximum safety possible. Here is a summary of the most important measures, so you can be fully prepared when boarding a bus, train, metro, tram or plane.
- sub THE GREEN WAY OUT
Green energy creates enormous benefits for society as a whole and for the planet. A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that the decarbonisation of the energy system helps recovery in the short term. So much so that it predicts a rise in global GDP of almost US$100 trillion (some €93 trillion) between now and 2050.
- sub THEY TRAIN YOU 4
Carolina Marín and María Vicente
For our most recent program we have two outstanding sportswomen: the badminton player Carolina Marín, who is an Olympic gold medallist, three-times world and four-times European champion, and the heptathlete María Vicente, world under-18 champion, two times European under-18 and under-20 champion and senior Spanish record holder.
- sub FIFA20 TOURNAMENT
Spanish international Sheila García and Brazilian Bia Zaneratto were the winners of GamHer, the first online FIFA20 women's tournament — which for the first time has enjoyed the participation of players from the Primera Iberdrola First Division — which raised 100,000 euros for the fight against COVID-19. This money will be used to purchase protective equipment for healthcare workers via the NGO Doctors of the World.
- sub STAYING CONNECTED
With a large part of the population in lockdown, only very few of us have remained unaffected by this new reality. Thanks to technology, we have been able to continue our classes, attend concerts and watch operas online and connect with our loved ones.
- sub A FOR APPLAUSE
There is no doubt that we have, unfortunately, stopped using many of the words we once used on a daily basis. However, we have replaced them with others that reflect the realities of our current lives: applause, video call and "stay at home".
- sub ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES
This crisis presents us with a great opportunity to take a look back and analyse our actions, as all of these affect the environment. Our next challenge is to adopt a lifestyle based on sustainable habits and, in this way, contribute to ensuring that our planet continues breathing and healing.
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María López and Garazi Sánchez
The third program in which two sportswomen from totally different disciplines train each other is run by María López, a player with the Spanish field hockey team, and Spanish and European champion surfer Garazi Sánchez.
- sub RECYCLING
We've been in lockdown for a month and that has meant more waste, particularly single use plastic items like gloves, masks and protective visors like the ones used in hospitals or in the streets to prevent the spread of the disease. Have you wondered what will happen to them after they have been used?
- sub BACK ON THE STREETS
After two difficult months of sacrifice and dreams on hold, our great athletes, like Carolina Marín, Teresa Díaz and Elsa Baquerizo, can go outside again, and spend some time training. They've been a magnificent example, putting everyone's health ahead of sport. Thank you for your cooperation!
- sub THE FUTURE OF CITIES
The mayors of major Spanish cities took part in the fourth public forum of El Día Después Será... (The Day After Will be...), during which they shared their responses to the crisis.
- sub INVOLUNTARY HEROES
The daily lives of healthcare workers is extremely hard. Large numbers of patients, a lack of protective equipment and resources, fear of becoming infected and the need to support critically ill patients are the difficult tasks that they have to face and overcome every day.
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Celia Jiménez and Sara Hurtado
In this second program we feature Celia Jiménez, right-wing of the Spanish National Women's Football Team and a player in the world's best league, as well as being an aerospace engineer, and skater Sara Hurtado, who is training in Moscow.
- sub IN THE FRONT LINE AGAINST THE PANDEMIC
Policewomen, doctors, nurses... It's no surprise to see how these heroines — usually seen kitted out as top-level sportswomen — are now combining their careers with essential front-line work. They are worth their weight in gold.
- sub THEY TRAIN YOU 1
Two sportswomen from different disciplines help you keep fit at home. This first programme features Sandra Sánchez, world karate champion and five times European champion and Eva Moral, paratriathlete and European and Spanish national paratriathlon champion.
- sub CHILDREN IN CONFINEMENT
Children are teaching us to be patient and with their efforts they are giving us an important lesson in life. Thanks for helping us and taking care of us. They are a light in a time of darkness.
- sub WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINE
Healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, farmers, supermarket staff, energy and transport workers, waste collectors, cleaners, journalists, care providers for the elderly, shopkeepers, etc. They are essential to the smooth running of society, particularly during the confinement, and they're afraid of catching the disease, too.
- sub ONLINE LEARNING
Videoconferencing, e-mails, interactive tasks and so on. Teachers have had to readjust their work methods and use their imagination to keep on teaching. This is also a reality for many families, who are tackling education in confinement as a family duty.
- sub FALL IN EMISSIONS
Due to the state of emergency forcing us to stay at home, both road and air traffic has been reduced dramatically. So much so that during March air pollution fell by half in Spain's 80 most populated cities.
- sub PEOPLE THAT SHINE
Train and metro drivers are part of that group of heroes who risk infection on a daily basis due to a lack of personal protective equipment from day one. Today we dedicate our virtual applause to them and thank all public transport workers for the huge effort they are making.
- sub THE LONGEST RACE
On Sunday 26, the #LaCarreraMásLarga Longest Race crossed its finishing line: a virtual walk against cancer and COVID-19 in which its nearly 10,000 participants raised €60,000. Broadcast on YouTube, the event saw the participation of several variety artists. Next leg, Valencia and Alicante.
- sub WE'LL MAKE IT THROUGH
Spain's paralympic athletes have proven once again that they are unbeatable, training at home with their dream of Tokyo restored and singing along to the tune that has become an anthem for us all.
- sub STORY-TELLING
Iberdrola is recording videos of storytelling so that children and adults with intellectual disabilities can enjoy different stories and tales not found in easy reading format.
- sub CLEANER AIRS
The confinement measures during the state of alarm have caused a decrease in the number of journeys in motor vehicles, as well as a fall in industrial production and consumption. Thanks to this, city pollution has fallen, the waters are cleaner and the skies clearer.
- sub APPLAUSE
Waste collection workers are among those who have been continuing their work while society remains confined. They also wanted to join in the applause for health staff that happens every evening, at 8 p.m.
- sub COMMITTED TO SOCIETY
Electrical infrastructures are critical for guaranteeing the electricity supply and the continuity of operations in hospitals and other essential community services. That's why Iberdrola group companies are doing everything possible to keep guaranteeing health and supplies.
- sub ATHLETES AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS
Many sportswomen have swapped the playing field for hospitals and police cars.
- sub SUGGESTIONS FOR CHILDREN
Many children around the world are isolated at home with their families without going to school due to the coronavirus pandemic. And today, we want to pay a small tribute to them for their courage and effort by accepting the situation they have had to go through and by getting thousands of smiles without even knowing it.
- sub A RAY OF HOPE
Although the death toll is high, more people have managed to beat the coronavirus, including older people, who are the most vulnerable group. Read some of their stories here.
- sub TOGETHER WE CAN BEAT THIS VIRUS
Our Olympic sportswomen will have to wait another year to fulfil their dream of competing at the Tokyo Olympics. So now they're training at home.
- sub TOGETHER WE CAN BEAT THIS VIRUS - PARALYMPICS
Paralympic athletes have also had to put off their Tokyo dream. They are a shining example of achievement against the odds.
- sub VOLUNTEERING INITIATIVES
Covid-19 has revealed the most caring side of many people who volunteer to help those most in need. An example of this can be seen in the different initiatives that anonymous people have created for people to be able to offer their help. StayAtHome
- sub FOOD SUPPLIERS
In these difficult times, we have discovered many who put the general good before their individual interests, such as supermarket cashiers.
- sub DOCTORS WHO STAND OUT
In the face of the prospect of prolonged confinement, many health professionals are offering to answer medical queries on the social networks. #StayAtHome
- sub PRIMERA IBERDROLA
We will play again, laugh, vibrate... Primera Iberdrola wants to encourage all its fans with this video about our most important game. #StayAtHome
- sub 'SMILES AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS'
Volunteers Iberdrola has launched a project named Smiles Against the Coronavirus so that company workers can start corresponding virtually with elderly people isolated in retirement homes.
- sub RECOGNITION FOR OUR PARTNERS
Many workers in all the companies in Iberdrola group are proudly leaving their homes every day, despite the coronavirus pandemic, to carry out essential work for the population as a whole. To all of them, our well-deserved recognition.
- sub #STAYATHOME
Like all citizens, many elite athletes have also been forced to stay home and change their training routines. And our athletes are aware of their role of raising awareness among the population by example, to protect the health of all. Álvaro Bachiller, specialized coach in High Sports Performance and promoter of Método Fenómeno, helps us understand the keys and the effect that this unprecedented situation could have on the preparation of our athletes. #QuédateEnCasa #StayAtHome
- sub ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Gas emissions from transport have decreased thanks to the decision to stay at home promoted by #YoMeQuedoEnCasa
The #YoMeQuedoEnCasa (#StayAtHome) initiative, born on social networks to raise awareness among the population of the need to stay home to contain the advance of COVID-19, has reduced the emission of polluting gases from transport into the atmosphere.
- sub SOLIDARY NEIGHBOURS
Many people are spontaneously mobilising through social networks to volunteer to care for children and the elderly. In addition, hotel companies are handing over their facilities to the health system for use as temporary units.