Donations and generosity are exploding in this Covid-19 period. With one particularity: they “relocate”, stimulating local communities. The university hospitals of Lausanne and Geneva are overwhelmed by donations. In such a consequent way that it was necessary to create a mutual aid fund to structure the reception of all the marks of generosity. Voluntary technological initiatives are also emerging to help local businesses as well as self-help groups for vulnerable people.
In Switzerland, for the first time, we fear for our basic needs: eating, staying healthy and safe. What if one had to feel one’s own vulnerability in order to need – or want – to turn to others? Is it this sudden withdrawal into ourselves that forces us to open our eyes to what surrounds us, renewing our altruism? Are we forging new bonds?