Take a breath: here’s your dose of coronavirus GOOD news

We can’t vaccinate against coronavirus, but we can give you a good old-fashioned dose of good news! In these difficult times, there are little nuggets of positivity to remind you that it’s not all dark and gloomy. There are always nice things happening — and this virus isn’t going to last forever.

Coronavirus is ubiquitous around the globe — its worrisome numbers are slapped across all media outlets, it dominates conversations, and is the only thought on everyone’s mind. COVID-19 tore open the door and become a part of our daily lives.

Unsurprisingly, the current mood is pretty low: anxiety, worry and fear have seemingly plagued the world. But in such times, it’s comforting to know that there are good things still happening.

Like the fact that over 85,000 people confirmed to have the virus have been cured — and counting. That’s not even taking into account everyone with symptoms so mild they were never tested.

Let’s jump into some of the good news around coronavirus!

Progress is being made

There’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes to limit the damage of the virus in this unprecedented situation. Globally, pharmaceutical companies around the world are joining forces to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. Vaccines are being developed, treatment options are being discovered: the scientific community have turned to fight the situation at large.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, there have also been scientific developments:

A group of 10 scientists at Erasmus MC and Utrecht University claim to have discovered an antibody against COVID-19. This antibody has not as yet been tested on humans, and this process could take months. We don’t know as yet whether it will be effective, but it is a promising step in the right direction.

Additionally, Dutch researchers are currently investigating whether the tuberculosis vaccine could be used to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Humanity shines through

And it’s nice to see both the community (whether it’s on a local, national or global level) coming together and helping out. Take #CoronaHulp as an example.

In the Netherlands, people have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #CoronaHulp, where you can make a call for help or offer it over the coronavirus outbreak and the measures taken to prevent it from spreading.

And last Tuesday in the Netherlands, a message spread on social media calling upon people to applaud at 8 PM for those whose collective efforts have allowed society to continue to function in the times of the coronavirus outbreak. A standing ovation could be heard over in multiple cities. In one word: heartwarming.

This was also done in other countries like Spain and Italy.

And although a lot of stores and businesses had to close in adherence to measures implemented to prevent the spread of the virus, some good was still done. The flower industry took a hit from these measures — but unsold flowers didn’t go to waste. They are being delivered to hospitals and care homes to workers for all that they are doing to keep society functioning in light of all the complications that have arisen.

Also, three Chinese airlines pitched in and donated tens of thousands of mouth masks and gloves to KLM. These items were then distributed throughout hospitals in the Netherlands. It just goes to show that international cooperation is actually possible.

Hopefully, a read through this article gave you a few good vibes to get through another day.

Seen any other positive things happening during these dark days? We love to hear about them!

Feature Image: sonming4/Pixabay

Vedika Luthra
Vedika Luthrahttp://hotchocolatehits.com
Vedika was born in India, raised in Poland and moved to the Netherlands to study. Like her nationality, she’s confused about what she likes most, which is why her bachelor’s degree was in liberal arts and sciences. She enjoys writing about all things food-related but likes to mix it up every now and then.

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