A new term has emerged the advent the coronavirus outbreak. The word "caremongering" started trending after acts of kindness Canada. The word comes the less positive word "scaremongering" which is a recognised part the English lexicon. It is not yet known whether the word "caremongering" will stay long enough dictionary editors to include it in future editions of their word lists. "Caremongering" arose after Canadians found new ways of helping vulnerable people the COVID-19 virus. Social media is helping to spread the concept across Canada. Within 72 hours the term trending, over 35 Facebook groups were set with more than 30,000 members.
The founders the first caremongering group spoke about the meaning of the name. Valentina Harper told the BBC: "Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect a positive level, to connect each other." She added: "Caremongering has spread the opposite panic in people, brought community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs those who are risk." Ms Harper explained why caremongering was important society. She said: "Anxiety, isolation and lack hope affects you....This virtual community...is really showing people there is still hope humanity. We haven't lost our hope."