Covid 19 – Good News May 2020

 

As we enter yet another 3-week stretch of the lockdown we think it’s more important than ever to be reminded that it’s not all doom and gloom out there. Although the coronavirus is still causing havoc around the world there are a huge number of really great things happening too.

Good news is often under-reported with news channels usually focusing on all the negative facts and figures and showing the more shocking side of events. This can have a deleterious effect on mental health, something very precious especially in times like these. So we are here to turn the tide on all this and bring you some more good news stories to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read on but be warned you may well be uplifted and filled with hope as a result.

 1. Over 1 million people have recovered.

According to data collected by John Hopkins University more than 1 million people have recovered from the virus worldwide. This is great news not only for everyone but also for the NHS.

Great work everyone. This is thanks to the amazing Nurses, Doctors, and key staff that work for our amazing NHS. We are so grateful and proud.

 2. Australian Capital Claims Zero Corona Virus Cases

The Australian capital, Canberra, has just declared itself the first territory in the country to be free from coronavirus. This will be the first time in 7 weeks that there have been no newly recorded cases. Things seem to be moving in the right direction!

 3. Banksy Creates Piece for Hospital in Southampton

Banksy has crafted a new piece of artwork, which has appeared on a wall outside a hospital in Southampton. The painting depicts a young boy who lays aside superhero toys in favour of a nurse figurine with a red cross symbol on her uniform. The boy plays with the nurse doll, raising her up in the air, her cape blazing behind her. Banksy left a note to accompany the work, it read: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.” The staff at the Southampton hospital are said to be honoured to have been recognised in this way by Banksy. And very well deserved too!

 4. Game of Thrones Actor Gets Stuck in as Asda Delivery Driver

Game of Thrones actor, Michael Gordon has decided to help out in this crisis by becoming a supermarket delivery driver. The actor played Bowen Marsh in the popular HBO series and speaking to Belfast Live, said: “every single person has a role to play in these times. People now should really appreciate the hard work that everybody does – I think people who work in supermarkets have often been taken for granted.

A friend of mine said Asda were looking for people to work there so I got in touch. I came down, got a job and I absolutely love it. The job means I can continue to have that interaction with people like I get in a theatre. It’s kept me mentally in a good place and it continues to do so.” Bravo Michael Gordon!

5. The UK has passed the peak of the virus

Boris Johnson has announced that the UK has passed the peak of the pandemic and plans are being made for an easing of the lockdown and a strategic return to normal life. Although this will likely be a long road back to normality, it seems steps are being taken in the right direction. There is light at the end of the tunnel!

6. Oxford University is Moving Fast on Vaccine

A research team at Oxford University is carrying out human clinical trials for a potential Covid-19 vaccine they have been developing. If successful, the vaccine could become available as early as September as research into vaccine development is happening at unprecedented speed. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed!

7. Captain Tom Moore turned 100

Captain Tom Moore, the WW2 veteran that has raised over £32million for the NHS by doing laps of his front garden celebrated his 100th birthday on the 30th of April. He received 140,000 birthday cards from the general public and from the Queen as well as a spitfire fly-over to commemorate the occasion. We definitely think he’s earned it!

8. Fewer Deaths from Air Pollution

There has been a drop of 11,000 in deaths linked to air pollution in Europe.

This is according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. They have found that due to the drastic drop in fossil fuel usage as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, there have been 6,000 fewer novel cases of asthma in children and 1,900 fewer A&E visits due to asthma attacks among others. Now that’s a bit of good news!

9. Virtual Pub Created to Raise Money for Food Banks

An anonymous customer rang up a florist The COVID arms, an online pub created since the real ones closed due to the lockdown has raised over £50,000 for the Trussell Trust.

The charity runs food banks across the UK and the money raised will go to helping the most economically vulnerable through this pandemic. The virtual pub has been a huge success. It hosts comedy nights with some big names attending including Russell Howard, Kiri Pritchard Mclean and Ed Gamble

10. New drug for Corona virus Promising

A trial involving a new experimental drug called Remdesivir has shown promising results.

Patients treated with Remdesivir were found to recover from coronavirus 31% quicker than those on a placebo.  8% of patients on the drug died of the virus, compared with 11% of those given a placebo. This data, although promising, is preliminary and further study into the subject is required before we can really celebrate.

 11. The UK went coal-free for 3 weeks

The UK has not used coal-powered electricity for the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution.

This is a result of the combination of reduced energy usage due to the lockdown and the new record being set by renewable energy. Solar farms produced a whopping 9.6GW for the first time ever. This is a serious win for the environment and we are all for it!

12. ‘Bundles of Joy’ being Sent to Covid-19 Patients

Joy, an organisation working towards increasing quality of life as well as life expectancy through improved social conditions has started a new initiative in partnership with University College Hospital.

The initiative involves asking people to donate patients suffering from coronavirus gift packs or ‘bundles of joy’ which can be personalised with photos or uplifting messages of support. This is to show patients that they are not alone and to give them the boost they might need to beat the virus!

 13. New Coronavirus Test Being Trialled

A new coronavirus test that delivers results in just 75mins has recently gone to trials. If successful, there are plans to roll out 300,000 tests a month by July.

The tests are to be provided to the NHS on a not-for-profit basis and will be available to buy privately at a cost of £45. This could be a game-changer in the fight against the virus.

14. London Hospital Creates Beautiful Mural

A hospital in East London has created a stunning mural depicting a tree of life. They are adding bees to the mural to represent those that have recovered from the virus in the hospital.

380 bees have been painted on so far. The mural was designed and painted with the aim of bringing hope to the community. Commenting on the mural, resident Jean Maile said: “Oh it’s wonderful, it gives people so much hope. You hear about all the people dying but when you live in a small community to see more than 300 people have come through – well it’s quite a big number in a small area.”