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The howling: Americans let it out from depths of pandemic

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photograph, Brice Maiurro, Shelsea Ochoa, Anna Beazer and...
In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photograph, Brice Maiurro, Shelsea Ochoa, Anna Beazer and Kali Healf, from left, howl in Cheesman Park in Denver, during. the coronavirus outbreak. From California to New York, some Americans are taking a moment each night at 8 o’clock to howl as a way of thanking the health care workers and first responders who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (KKTV)
Published: Apr. 10, 2020 at 6:33 PM MDT
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From California to New York state, some Americans are taking a moment each night at 8 o’clock to howl as a way of thanking the health care workers and first responders who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

The nightly howl is an American twist on the balcony applause and singing for besieged health care workers in Italy and Spain.

It’s also become a way for those of us who are cooped up, isolated and anxious to reduce pain and isolation, show support for the homeless, let out anger and frustration, and even let children yowl back and forth with the friends they can’t play with.