The music video shows caregivers and frontline workers from across the world as well as empty city scenes and the band performing in their homes.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe or fatal illnesses, including pneumonia.
Lambert, who joined the track from his Los Angeles home, thinks the song really hits a positive note that everyone is in this together.
“There’s a sense of unity that’s happening around the world, even though it’s, you know, in a negative, scary time,” Lambert said. “I think that we’re all understanding each other a little bit more right now. And it’s sort of leveling everything out a bit.”
“It’s only through our connection and our love for each other are we going to get through it together,” he said.
The band hopes the charity single will provide some consolation after the pandemic forced them to cancel the 27-show UK and European leg of their biggest ever tour.
“It was pretty heartbreaking to have to let it go. We have rescheduled for next year and we’re all crossing our fingers. We don’t know do we? We don’t know if it’s going to be appropriate to get thousands of people in one room, even in 12 months from now,” May said.
Taylor remains optimistic that live music will survive.
“I can’t believe that festivals and live music won’t come back. It’s part of our … DNA really now.”
In the meantime, Taylor and May remain in lockdown in their respective homes in the UK. Like many, May is struggling with the loss of freedom.
“It doesn’t get any easier as time gets on. It’s getting worse if anything. I feel like everything that I worked for in my life has been kind of taken away and put somewhere where I can’t reach it,” he said.
It’s not all bad, as Taylor noted.
“I think people have found lots of good things to do,” he said. “I think there’s been a lot more contact within families and friends.”