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An English adage , "laughter is the best medicine". In these troubling times, good humour in need more than ever. Doctors and medical staff are heed of this and it into their care treatments. One product of this the emergence of clown doctors and healthcare clowns in hospitals around the globe. There is even an organisation that standards. The European Federation of Healthcare Clowns Organisations was in 2011. It says: "Healthcare clowns moments of happiness and distraction to children who are ill or who special needs....Clowns also bring smiles to vulnerable adults, including seniors and people with dementia who in hospital care."

Healthcare clowns are especially popular in Israel, which is considered a world leader in the field. The first university ever to a Bachelor's degree in medical clowning was Haifa University, in 2007. One healthcare clown in Jerusalem, Leah Weiss, to divert her inner clown to patients after a COVID-19 ward in March. She said she knew the clown in her would have therapeutic benefits for her patients. She wants to their anxiety and their wellbeing. She enjoys working alongside doctors and said: "Obviously, the doctors, they care of the body. And we come in and take care of the soul. And it together - the doctors this."

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