Some positive updates about COVID-19

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time watching the news or keeping up to date on social media these days. The Coronavirus Sinks The Global Stock Exchanges.

And some of the news is pretty scary, isn’t it?

Of course, it’s normal to be scared when your future is a little uncertain.

Your financial future, your job future and, more importantly, the future of your health.

However, it’s important to remember that it’s not all scary news out there.

As we collectively wrap our heads around the enormity of the situation we’ll be facing for the next few weeks or months, it’s vitally important for us to remember that:

This too shall pass.

No one is suggesting that this is going to be a long-term issue for world health or for our economy.

Of course we don’t really know what’s going to happen, but as we work our way through these difficult times they will clearly have a negative impact on our economy.

But it’s important to realise that our government is hellbent on getting us all through this.

The government’s substantial economic stimulus package is unlikely to avert a recession, but it is likely to mean that we will bounce back quickly.

At the same time it’s important to remember…

There’s a lot of good news out there, too.

Communities are coming together like never before.

Neighbours are helping each other and looking after the vulnerable individuals in our community.

And people are sharing moments of gratitude and connectedness.

So if you find yourself being overwhelmed by all of the negative news, look for the good!

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There have been many positive developments in the past week that offer hope and proof that we will survive this experience and come through it stronger than ever.

Here are just a few of the stories I’ve seen lately:

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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.

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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.

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.

Australian Researchers Testing Two Drugs as Potential ‘Cures’ for the Virus

Some positive updates about COVID-19
Professor David Paterson, director of the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and infectious disease physician at the RBWH.

At the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, scientists have found that two different medications—both of which are registered and available in Australia—have completely wiped out traces of the disease in test tubes.

Not only that, the drugs were given to some of the nation’s first COVID-19 patients, which resulted in “disappearance of the virus and complete recovery from the infection,” researchers told News.com.au.

The university is now looking to conduct a nationwide trial with the drugs to evaluate the efficacy and tolerance of each drug administered separately and together.

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.

South Korean Outbreak Finally Abating as Recoveries Outnumber New Infections for Three Days in a Row

Some positive updates about COVID-19
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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, Reuters reports that the declining rate of infection has continued to fall with less than 100 new cases reported for several days in a row.

A bold Australian call for peak infection…

Chris Joye, the founder of Coolabah Capital Investments and one of the economists I really respect  has turned his market research team into full-time infection rate watchers worldwide.

They have made two bold calls on the peaking of the virus and the eventual flattening and then dropping of the infection and death curves! This is what they said:

 “Australia’s peak new infection numbers are realised between April 4 and April 11 assuming it is 50% as effective at containment as South Korea and 75% as effective as Italy (see second screenshot).

If Australia is only half as good as Italy at containment, the peak in new infections is observed around April 20.

Interestingly, Australia’s infection rate and, in particular, its fatality rate are tracking better than North Atlantic nations with Australia’s fatality rate sitting somewhere between South Korea and Japan.

… These are just some of the “good news” stories that are coming out every day.

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All over the country and the world, people are stepping up to meet this challenge.

We have the smartest people in the world working on this and there are amazing developments happening every day.

Together we will get through this and be stronger and more resilient than ever before.

This too shall pass.

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    March 25, 2020 Sally Tanoto

    Thank you for such positive and uplifting article, this too shall pass, we need to our bits as a responsible citizen in our country. Our government is doing their best to fight this off, lets give them our utmost support. Please put our predicament in perspective, thistoo shall pass. Thanks again Michael!

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    March 25, 2020 Paul

    Hi Michael
    Any chance you could become Chief editor of ALL press coverage on this? You are my go to, to ensure I get some form of balance in the reporting of this. I appreciate the enormity of it all and the consequences, but i truely believe a balance approach may just calm the nerves of many. Thankyou for what you do!

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