All of the perks available to medical professionals right now

Healthcare workers and first responders are the clear heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.

These professionals work tirelessly on the frontline to fight the disease and ensure patients receive desperately needed care — often to their own detriment.

Not only are healthcare workers at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to their proximity to those who have it, they’re also more likely to suffer negative mental health effects than those of us holed up in the comfort of our homes, according to a study published this week in the “Journal of the American Medical Association.”

To try to lessen the unimaginable stress healthcare workers and first responders are feeling right now, companies including Starbucks, Uber, and Allbirds, are stepping up to offer a slew of freebies and perks.

Check them out below:


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Starbucks is offering free tall brewed or iced coffee for healthcare workers and first responders around the world through May 3, to help them feel more awake during grueling shifts.

In addition, the Starbucks Foundation announced it will be donating $500,000 to support U.S. front-line responders with donations to Direct Relief and Operation Gratitude.

Uber and Uber Eats

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Uber and Uber Eats are offering 25,000 free meals and even more discounted rides to medical professionals across the United States to help them stay nourished and ease the burden of their commutes.

Health care workers in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland will receive 20% off rides to and from their respective facilities, thanks to the ride-share giant’s partnership with health care union 1199SEIU.


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Allbirds, a popular sustainable footwear company, and its customers have already donated $500,000 worth of the popular, comfortable “Wool Runner” sneaker to healthcare workers across the U.S. through the startup’s “buy one, give one” promotion.

In order to participate, shoppers can buy a pair of “Wool Runners” for the full price of $95 and pay half the normal price for a second pair ($51), which will be sent to a healthcare worker. Customers can also simply choose to send a pair for a reduced price ($60) without buying a full-priced pair for themselves.


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Headspace, a popular meditation app, announced it will be providing free “Headspace Plus” subscriptions to medical professionals across the U.K. to help them combat stress and anxiety.

The app — which offers access to hundreds of guided meditations, sleep sounds, sleep music, inspiring videos, quick workouts, group meditations, and more — claims it can help ease stress, increase resilience and reduce burnout.


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Multiple popular restaurants, including Sweetgreen and McDonald’s, are offering free meals and food deals for those fighting coronavirus on the frontlines.

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