Doctors and nurses in Iran are filming themselves dancing to boost morale during coronavirus crisis

In Iran, dancing in public can be punishable by law. 

But in the era of
, that hasn’t stopped doctors and nurses from doing
whatever they can to boost morale.

Healthcare workers across the Middle Eastern country have been
posting videos of themselves dancing, often in full protective
gear, in hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

Another great video of Iranian medical staff
treating coronavirus, strained & intimidated, dance to keep
spirits up.

— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi)
March 5, 2020

چالش رقص پرستاران و
پزشکان بهترین اتفاق این روزهای سیاه
است، بیش باد.

— رضا حقيقت‌نژاد (@rezahn56)
March 3, 2020

Iranian nurses dancing, trying to keep their
spirits high in the middle of corona virus outbreak in Iran.
That’s really impressive!

— Meisam Booshehri (@MeisamBooshehri)
March 3, 2020

Iran is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, with

more than 29,000 reported cases
as of Thursday. However,
critics have accused the government of covering up the true

At a time of fear and distrust in the government, dancing has
boosted morale, said Joan Wittig, a professor of creative arts
therapy at Pratt University.

“These workers in Iran who are posting these fabulous videos,
they’re not necessarily feeling joyful all the time. They’re having
a whole range of emotional experiences,” she told Business Insider
Today. “And if they allow themselves to start where they are in
whatever that might be, in depression, in despair, in hopelessness,
in exhaustion, once you start moving … there’s room for new
emotional experiences.”

It is illegal to commit an “indecent” public act in Iran, and
dancing can sometimes by punished under the country’s strict
religious laws. Many of the healthcare workers in the videos have
their faces covered with face masks, which also conceal their

The flurry of dance videos is one of many examples of
people using dance to cope with the coronavirus crisis

“Dance is communication, and as such, it fulfills a basic human
need,” Wittig said. “We need to communicate, we need to be, in
connection with each other. And dance allows us to do that. And it
allows us to do that across cultures, across language, there are no

a coronavirus safety-themed dance took the world by storm,
according to the TikTok star who created it

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Doctors and nurses in Iran are filming themselves dancing to boost morale during coronavirus crisis