Here’s the good some are doing to combat the fear and isolation of the coronavirus

Jodi Beder plays music on her cello from her front porch in Mount Rainier, Md. on Wednesday. Beder is a member of the group A Musical Heart, which plays music to hospice patients. /Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

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After her performance ended, and the strains of Bach, Randy Newman and an old klezmer song faded from 34th Street, Jodi Beder sat on her front porch with her cello and blew a kiss to her fans on the sidewalk.

People clapped and yelled “Thank you Jodi!” from across the street. 

She said she needed it too. Beder normally plays her cello for people in hospice care.

Many are in need of care, she said.

“I think we need it enormously,” Beder said. “I’m administering treatment.”

Beder’s daily 30-minute cello concert in Mount Rainier, Md., is one of hundreds of kind gestures being made by people across the nation to combat the dislocation and isolation brought on by the novel coronavirus.

Teachers have been staging car parades in communities across the country where their homebound students live.


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