April 10, 2020
Philadelphia residents are being asked to stay home and social distance to stop the spread of COVID-19.
It's a difficult time for many who are out of work, unable to visit loved ones and stuck inside.
However, there's good reason to self-isolate. As of Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia reported more than 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There's also concern that the city could become a coronavirus hotspot.
It does seem Philly is taking the virus seriously, though, and adhering to the stay-at-home order – at least according to a video of the city taken by drone.
717 Drone Guys uploaded the video to their YouTube channel on Wednesday and, while it's eerie to see the city's normally busy streets desolate, it's also a hopeful sight. By staying home and flattening the curve, we can save lives.
The video shows the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Dilworth Park, Independence Mall and other locations throughout the city that are usually filled with people.
"Historic aerial footage of Philadelphia like it's never been seen before – during a quarantine shelter in place order during the COVID-19 outbreak," reads the description. "The absence of people and traffic give the city a surreal, eerie feeling. A big shout-out to the medical community on the front lines battling this."