If all the news about the COVID-19 pandemic that hits your news feed seems intimidating, don’t be afraid – there are also many positive messages related to coronavirus. Сrowdwisemen.com provides 10 examples of good news from around the world.
1. Researchers from the USA began testing the first vaccine against COVID-19 on volunteers as part of an experimental testing program
Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle, according to AP, handed over the first batch of a potential coronavirus vaccine to several dozen volunteers. One of the participants in the study, the 43-year-old mother of two teenagers Jennifer Haller, leaving the study room, smiling, said she was feeling good and “for her this is a great opportunity to do something at least” in this situation.
2. At the distilleries in the United States began to make hand sanitizers to give out for free
Distilleries help cope with a shortage of disinfectants in the United States. In Atlanta, Portland, the countryside of Georgia, and North Carolina, distilleries began using their facilities to produce their own sanitary products. Since the World Health Organization has stated that alcohol-containing compounds can help kill viruses on their hands, many plants say they will continue to produce disinfectants until the virus is localized.
3. Due to quarantine in cities, the level of air pollution decreases
Satellite data recording air pollution levels over China and Italy show that in the regions most affected by COVID-19, air pollution levels have also seriously decreased.
According to some reports, quarantine in China prevented the release of more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to how much, for example, Chile produces in a year. A similar effect is observed in Italy. At the same time, the canals of Venice became cleaner than ever, due to the lack of diesel boats and gondoliers.
4. Johns Hopkins University says antibodies from recovered patients can help protect people
The Seattle-tested vaccine is not the only potential solution to the coronavirus problem: an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University suggests using antibodies in the US in the hope of slowing the spread of the disease. The proposed method uses antibodies from plasma or blood serum of people who have recovered from COVID-19 to increase immunity in new infected patients and those who are at risk of infection with this disease.
5. The outbreak in South Korea finally subsides, as the number of convalescent exceeds the number of new cases
According to Reuters, South Korea for the first time recorded more cases of COVID-19 overtakes than those infected on March 6th. This country had the second largest outbreak in Asia after China. The peak of the spread of the virus was recorded on February 29, when 909 new cases were detected per day. Last week, Reuters reported that the rate of new cases has dropped to less than 100 cases recorded over several consecutive days.
6. China marks several stages of recovery after closing temporary hospitals and opening parks
Medical workers and discharged patients were photographed in memory of the closure of all 14 temporary hospitals that were created in Wuhan to treat patients with COVID-19. According to the Morning Post, Chinese authorities reported that on the mainland of March 13, only 11 new cases of the disease were recorded, most of which were imported from abroad.
In the country that first suffered from COVID-19, now that the virus has been taken under control, parks and tourist attractions have begun to open gradually, which can be visited with due regard for safety precautions.
7. Australian researchers test two drugs as a potential “cure for the virus”
At the University of Queensland Clinical Research Center, scientists discovered that two different drugs, both of which are registered and available in Australia, completely eradicated traces of the disease in vitro. Moreover, these drugs were given to some of the country’s first patients with COVID-19, which led to the “disappearance of the virus and a complete recovery from the infection,” scientists told News.com.au.
Currently, the university expects to conduct a nationwide study of drugs to assess the effectiveness and tolerability of each drug, administered separately and together.
8. Uber Eats to support the delivery of 100 thousand restaurants to support the North American restaurant industry
As restaurants across Canada and the US are forced to temporarily close due to outbreaks of COVID-19, Uber Eats has announced that it will waive shipping fees from independent restaurants.
“We know that the success of each restaurant depends on demand and the number of customers,” the company said. – That’s why we are urgently working to send orders to independent restaurants in order to make up for a significant decrease in visitors inside the restaurant. As more and more customers choose to stay home, we have refused shipping fees for more than 100,000 independent restaurants in the US and Canada on Uber Eats. We will also launch daily targeted marketing campaigns, both in-app and via email, to promote delivery from local restaurants.”
9. Dutch and Canadian researchers report additional breakthrough research on the treatment of the virus
Scientists from Canada and the Netherlands also made their own medical discoveries. In Toronto, a team of researchers succeeded in isolating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the spread of COVID-19. This will help researchers around the world develop better diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines.
“Researchers from world-class institutions have come together to successfully isolate the virus in just a few short weeks,” says Dr. Rob Kozak, a clinical microbiologist at the Sunnibrook Center for Medical Sciences. “This demonstrates what amazing things can be achieved when we work together.”
Meanwhile, Dutch researchers presented a scientific article on how they identified an anti-virus antibody.
10. People and business support each other during an outbreak in the USA
The American store chain Dollar General has announced that it will devote an hour to opening a store for older customers, FOX reports. Athletes and sports teams are obliged to pay wages to employees of sports fields during a forced stoppage of work, says Sport Illustrated. Utilities, landlords, car manufacturers, and Internet service providers are waiving fines and collecting fees to ease their financial burdens. Schools across the country offer food to children and families.
In general, the pandemic situation may seem bleak, but these are just a few examples of how companies and individuals are ready to support each other in difficult times.