Need some good news? Our resident optimist, Brenna, has complied a list of good news related to coronavirus for you.
Here are a few GOOD highlights to think about:
1) US researchers delivered first COVID-19 vaccine to volunteers in an experimental test program.
Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle delivered the first rounds of a potential coronavirus vaccine to several dozen optimistic volunteers earlier this week.
2) Many US Distilleries are making their own Hand Sanitizers to give away free.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based rub can help to kill viruses on your hands. Amidst national shortages of hand sanitizers, alcohol distilleries in Atlanta, Portland, rural Georgia, and North Carolina have begun using their facilities to make these sanitation products.
3) Air pollution plummets in cities with high rates of quarantine.
Satellite readings of air pollution levels over China and Italy show that the regions hit hardest by the COVID-19 have also seen a drastic decline in air pollution levels.
Not only have similar effects been reported across Italy, the canals and waterways of Venice are reportedly cleaner than ever with the waters shining crystal clear in the absence of diesel-powered boats and gondoliers!
4) Johns Hopkins researcher says that Antibodies from recovered COVID patients could help protect people at risk
A vaccine is being tested in Seattle as a potential treatment for the disease, and an immunologist from Johns Hopkins University is reviving a century-old blood-derived treatment in hopes of slowing the spread of the disease. The technique uses antibodies from the blood plasma or serum of people who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to boost the immunity of newly-infected patients and those at risk of contracting the disease.
5) South Korea is now continuously seeing recoveries outnumber new infections.
According to Reuters, South Korea recorded more COVID-19 recovery cases on March 6th than new infections for the first time since the nation experienced the largest Asian outbreak outside of China.
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak was first reported in South Korea back in January, the nation reached a peak of 909 new infections on February 29th. Now, however, Reuters reports that the declining rate of infection has continued to fall with less than 100 new cases reported for several days in a row.
6) China celebrates several milestones of recovery after temporary hospitals close and parks reopen.
Crowds of medical staffers and discharged patients were filmed celebrating the closure of all 14 temporary hospitals that opened in Wuhan to treat COVID-19 patients during the worst of the outbreak.
Authorities told the South China Morning Post this week that the virus had finally passed its peak as the nation’s mainland experienced only 11 new cases on March 13th, most of which were from international travelers.
7) Australian researchers testing two drugs as potential ‘Cures’ for the Virus.
At the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, scientists have found that two different medications—both of which are registered and available in Australia—have completely wiped out traces of the disease in test tubes.
Not only that, the drugs were given to some of the nation’s first COVID-19 patients, which resulted in “disappearance of the virus and complete recovery from the infection,” researchers told News.com.au.
The university is now looking to conduct a nationwide trial with the drugs to evaluate the efficacy and tolerance of each drug administered separately and together.
8) Uber Eats is supporting the restaurant industry by waiving delivery fees for 100,000 restaurants.
As restaurants across North America are forced to temporarily shut down amidst COVID-19 outbreaks, Uber Eats has announced that they will be waiving delivery fees for independent restaurants.
9) Dutch and Canadian researchers are reporting additional breakthrough research on treating the Virus.
Scientists from Canada and the Netherlands have also made medical breakthroughs of their own. In Toronto, a team of researchers managed to isolate the agent responsible for the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, which will help researchers around the world develop better diagnostic testing, treatments, and vaccines. Dutch researchers have submitted a scientific paper for publishing on how they have identified an antibody for the virus—and it could be a world-first.
10) Here are a bunch of other ways people and businesses are supporting each other.
Dollar General has announced that they will be devoting their opening hour of shopping time to elderly customers. Athletes and sports teams are pledging to pay the wages of arena employees during the shutdown. Utility companies, landlords, automakers, and internet providers are waiving a number of late fees and payments to ease the financial burden of the shutdown. School districts across the country are still opening their doors to serve meals to kids and families.
11) Fine Point Law has been serving clients virtually for years and is fully set up to serve your legal needs from the comfort of your home.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed with bleakness in the weeks to come, keep looking for the silver linings, I promise you they are there. If we stay calm, comply with guidelines, and support each other however possible, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.