An Italian medic [Credit: Reuters]

Airbnb launches service for Italian medics fighting COVID-19

Italy: In its ongoing effort to support the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus, Airbnb has introduced a new programme to house medics.

“Airbnb for Doctors and Nurses” will provide accommodation to those engaged in medical care for the virus, with costs covered by the company.

The company has partnered with Milanese host organisation OspitaMi, accessing the group’s network of properties. Medics can visit a specific web link, and the group will match doctors with the necessary housing for two months free of charge.

Both Airbnb and OspitaMi are encouraging any host with available accommodation to join the platform if they are able.

Giacomo Trovato, Airbnb Italy general manager, said: “We want to thank medical professionals everywhere who are fighting the outbreak and join with the Airbnb community to help support them in these difficult times. We will constantly monitor the impact of this initiative and see if learnings can be applied to other markets.”

This is one of Airbnb’s many attempts to help lessen the blow of the virus’ spread across the world. The company earlier extended its extenuating circumstances policy across the globe to any booking in a virus-affected area.

Trovato added: “Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected by the coronavirus outbreak and we have made it our priority to work with the Airbnb community to provide what support we can.”

Airbnb has history providing accommodation to those affected by either local or global crises. The company’s Open Homes Programme, opened in response to Hurricane Sandy, has been mobilised to support victims of the Tennessee tornadoes and the Australian bushfires over the past year.

To sign up and for additional information, head to this link on the Airbnb website.

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