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It’s not ALL bad news. Times like this bring out the best in humanity, but it often gets drowned by the bad news. Let’s change that. If you see some good news and uplifting examples of human care, send it to us via the form in the bottom of this page.

Let’s care for each other and stay focused on the safety of those most vulnerable. To keep our spirit and optimism up, we are updating you with some curated postive news from the past months:


Update:

  • We’re learning what we need to know to respond intelligently:We’ll soon know a lot more about what fraction of the population has or has had COVID-19, something we’ve been very unsure about so far. This information is essential when deciding our response, for example determining when it’s safe for people to start leaving their homes more often.
  • Some countries are turning COVID-19 away at the door, while others are turning the tide of the pandemic: COVID-19 remains mostly controlled in South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. Once they emerge from their ‘lockdowns’, other places can potentially copy the methods which these three countries have shown can work.
  • It might kill fewer people than we thought: On March 31 the Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) reduced their best-guess estimate from 0.51% down to 0.1–0.26%.
  • Testing is increasing rapidly in most countries: The US has gone from testing 350 people on the 7th of March, to 30,000 people on the 19th of March, up to 101,000 on the 1st of April.
  • Supermarkets are refilling and hiring fast: UK supermarket Tesco expects to be back to normal stock levels within weeks. In fact they’ve hired 35,000 people in just the last ten days, which has helped them expand delivery slots from 660,000 two weeks ago to 780,000 this week, with plans for more big increases.
  • We’re learning what we need to know to respond intelligently: We’ll soon know a lot more about what fraction of the population has or has had COVID-19 This information is essential when deciding our response, for example determining when it’s safe for people to start leaving their homes more often.
  • We’re making rapid technological progress on every front: For instance, this week pharmaceutical firm Abbott Laboratories said it was launching a test for the SARS-COV-2 virus that could take as little as five minutes and “be run on a portable machine the size of a toaster”. German technology company Bosch says it has done the same.
  • On Monday Johnson & Johnson said it had identified a vaccine candidate and the US government was investing $1 billion in its development.
  • Another group is investigating ways to start human trials for vaccine candidates early, using brave and willing volunteers, who haven’t been at all hard to find.
  • In March the World Health Organisation launched a global ‘megatrial’ of four potential treatments.
  • Stage 3 trials for remdesivir launched in the UK just this week. Remdesivir was described in one paper as the most promising candidate antiviral against COVID-19.
  • Finally, Moderna Therapeutics started doing human trials for a new kind of vaccine back in mid-March. That’s the fastest the world has ever gone from identifying a new disease to conducting vaccine trials in people.

* Source: https://80000hours.org/2020/04/good-news-about-covid-19/


Update:

  • Two New Yorkers amassed 1,300 volunteers in 72 hours to deliver groceries and medicine to elderly and vulnerable people in the city.
  • Supermarkets in Australia have introduced special “elderly hour” so older shoppers and those with disabilities have a chance to shop in peace
  • Thousands of different groups of friends are organising virtual clubbing or pub sessions using mobile apps
  • In Italy, thousands have taken to their balconies and windows to applaud the doctors and nurses fighting the virus
  • Medical students in London have volunteered to help healthcare professionals with childcare and household chores
  • Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura has launched an Instagram series called Kitchen Quarantine, teaching basic recipes to aspiring foodies who are stuck at home
  • An art teacher in the US state of Tennessee has been live-streaming classes for children who are out of school, inspiring them to get creative at home
  • Australia’s Sydney Observatory offered a tour of the night sky for people stuck at home.
  • Pop stars including Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and country singer Keith Urban have also been live-streaming gigs to combat the boredom of self-isolation.
  • Fish have returned to the canals of Venice as a result of vast improvement in the water quality and clear water
  • A hotel in the West of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
  • Today a young woman Iin Dublin is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.
  • China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
  • Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.
  • Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.
  • A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.
  • Apple reopens all 42 china stores,
  • Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
  • Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.
  • Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
  • Three Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; returned to everyday life.
  • A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.
  • A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
  • Researchers from University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research have observed two drugs used to treat other conditions effectively wipe out the coronavirus. One of the medications caused a complete disappearance of the virus, followed by a complete recovery of the patient from infection. The drugs are now in over 50 hospital trials in Australia and USA
  • Tulsa County’s first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.
  • A coronavirus tracker put up by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine shows that more than 73,000 people worldwide have recovered from Covid-19 so far.
  • Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.
  • Covid-19 is not mutating much as it passes through the human population, which is positive on two fronts. Firstly it avoids a scenario where the virus becomes more dangerous as it infects more people, secondly it makes developing a vaccine more straightforward.
  • India’s air quality has immediately improved under the coronavirus lockdown. At least 75 districts in India – the country which has half of the world’s most polluted cities – are in lock-down. Since March 5 nitrogen oxide levels have fallen by approximately 45 per cent in Mumbai and Pune, and by 50 per cent in Ahmedabad. The air quality ranking is now ‘satisfactory’
  • Coronavirus patients will be treated with an HIV drug or steroid as part of a trial to see if existing medications can beat the deadly infection. Researchers from the University of Oxford enrolled the first patient last week
  • The number of new coronavirus cases in Italy fell for the second day in a row on Monday, and the person with the first known case of local transmission – known as Patient 1 – has left the hospital.
  • Children in England are painting rainbows to hang in their windows to raise the spirits of passers-by. The messages say “don’t worry” and “we’ll get through,” and thanking delivery drivers and postal workers.
  • Children are sending paintings to residents as Huntington and Langham Estate, a care home in Surrey, to lift the residents’ spirits.
  • The RSPB has started a breakfast birdwatch weekdays between 8-9am. They’re calling on the public to join them in watching wildlife, share photos and discuss nature from the safety of their homes.
  • David Lloyd Clubs have donated all excess perishables to local NHS teams and vulnerable groups.
  • Il Pagliaccio’s restaurant is giving free pizza to hospital staff in Fulham.
  • A London-based luxury florist Wildabout are closing today and delivering 500 remaining bouquets to six London hospitals.
  • After two months of lockdown, Wuhan will reopen on April 8. Citizens have already started to move around the city but will be able to leave entirely if they present a card showing a clean bill of health.
  • There is a significant reduction in cases in the Hubei region, China
  • Kylie Jenner has donated $1 million to LA hospitals to help buy more protective masks and clothing for medical staff
  • Donatella Versace made a similar contribution pledging €200,000 to a Milan hospital.
  • Through her Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna also donated $5 million to various organisations including WHO, Feeding America and the International Rescue Committee.
  • Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have also donated $1 million to food bank charities.
  • In the US, NBA superstar Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha have donated $1 million to pupils in Oakland, California who rely on school meals and won’t be attending school due to their closure.
  • A Taylor Swift fan took to Tumblr to plead for a donation when she couldn’t make her rent in New York City, ‘Lover’ singer herself transferred her $3,000
  • In New York 6,000 mental health professionals have signed up to volunteer for a new programme aimed at supporting the city’s mental health amid the pandemic.
  • In Copenhagen, residents joined in with a workout from their balconies, maintaining social distancing between households while also keeping fit and healthy through exercise.
  • In Massachusetts, before a mandatory shut down of shops was ordered, a ‘mystery man’ bought all the flowers in one florist and distributed them to the town of Needham’s inhabitants.
  • Just twenty four hours after a public request for help from the NHS, 175,000 volunteers signed on to help with things like collecting patients from the hospital, delivering medicines to people who are in vulnerable groups and so self-isolating and calling up people self-isolating who may be at risk of loneliness.

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