If it seems that your news feed has been flooded with nerve-wracking updates on the COVID-19 outbreaks, have no fear—there are also plenty of positive updates on the pandemic as well.
So without any further ado, here is a list of 10 hopeful headlines on the coronavirus response from around the world.
1) US Researchers Deliver First COVID-19 Vaccine to Volunteers in 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.
One 43-year-old vaccine recipient is Jennifer Haller, who is a mother to two teenagers.
She was all smiles afterward, telling AP reporters she was “feeling great” as she was leaving the clinic.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something,” she added.
2) Brand Across the United States Are Making Their Own Hand Sanitizers to Give Away for Free
Amidst national shortages of hand sanitizers, distilleries and brands across North America have begun using their facilities to make their own sanitation products.
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Since the World Health Organization (WHO) says that cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based rub can help to kill viruses on your hands, many distilleries and consumer brands say they hope to continue producing their bootleg sanitizers until the virus has been properly contained.
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 caused air pollution levels to decline dramatically.
Some reports estimate that China’s quarantine has saved more than 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere—which is about the equivalent of what Chile produces in a year.
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
The vaccine being tested in Seattle isn’t the only potential treatment for the disease—an immunologist from Johns Hopkins University is reviving a century-old blood-derived treatment for use in the United States 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 Korean Outbreak Finally Abating as Recoveries Outnumber New Infections for Three Days in a Row
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, Reutersreports that the declining rate of infection has continued to fall with less than 100 new cases reported for several days in a row.