Amid all of the panic and fear surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe, the upside can get lost. From a miraculous decrease in air pollution as a result of social distancing to the hanging of Christmas lights to shine a light on a dark situation, the coronavirus pandemic, while devastating, has also brought out some of the best in humanity.
Here are eight positive stories about the coronavirus crisis:
1. THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES IS FALLING IN CHINA AND KOREA
According to Time, Wuhan province had no new cases to report Thursday, which was the first time that had happened since the outbreak began. In an area where thousands of new cases were once being reported each day, this offers a bit of hope during this worldwide pandemic.
Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector at the National Health Commission said, “Today we have seen the dawn after so many days of hard effort.”
2. MANY ATHLETES ARE STEPPING UP TO HELP WORKERS AFFECTED BY CANCELED GAMES
While many athletes enjoy a guaranteed salary during the shutdowns of their respective leagues, the hourly workers who rely on games for income have been hit hard. CBS News has a long list of teams and players who have pledged to help workers who are out of a job.
One that caught the eye of many was 19-year-old Zion Williamson, a rookie for the New Orleans Pelicans, who pledged to cover the salaries of all workers at the Smoothie King Center for the next month.
He said, “this is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for those wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates.”
3. A VACCINE HAS BEEN SHIPPED FOR HUMAN TESTING
As Christian Headlines reported earlier this week, Massachusetts-based company Moderna shipped a COVID-19 vaccine to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The vaccine will be tested on 45 young volunteers in Seattle. We should not expect the vaccine too quickly, though, as testing can take up to 18 months.
4. INDIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE SEEN SUCCESS TREATING THE CORONAVIRUS WITH HIV DRUGS
Chief Medical and Health Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh announced that a combination of HIV drugs improved the condition of coronavirus patients in India. Three of the four patients in Jaipur have been declared free of the virus. Officials were especially hopeful since all three patients were elderly.
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Source: Christian Headlines