Hey guys! Peter, founder of Groove Life, here.
If you’re like me, you are getting a steady dose of negative news from...EVERYWHERE.
Well, guess what? There is good news coming out about COVID-19 and I want to share it with you. Note: I’ve linked the original articles under each point and have an important notice at the end of this post.
Updated 4/13/2020 Peter Goodwin
Texas Governor developing a plan to allow businesses to reopen.
Due to accessible testing options, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he is putting together a plan to “restore livelihoods” and help people return to work as soon as possible to minimize damage to the economy. More details will be available next week.
Coronavirus death estimate keeps lowering
The CDC initially had estimated that as a worst-case scenario there would be 1.7 million deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. On March 26th the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projected a shockingly lower number of 81,000 deaths by June 1st. As of April 8th, that number dropped again to 60,145. That number just keeps dropping as experts gain a more accurate understanding of the situation.
John Krasinski launches Some Good News YouTube channel
Almost as exciting as a new season of The Office is the news that John Krasinski, who is best known for playing Jim Halpert on the show, has launched his own Some Good News YouTube channel! He’s ready to spread some smiles by posting only positive content.
People serving each other by making masks
Those who are socially isolating at home are staying busy, working hard with a heart for the elderly and immunocompromised population. Masks are in high demand right now, but many people are stepping up to the challenge by purchasing a sewing machine and creating them for others.
Astronauts send encouraging messages from space
It’s easier to see the big picture when looking at Earth from space, and that’s just what we get to do, thanks to the astronauts at the International Space Station. They are sending beautiful photos of their view of earth to encourage positivity with the hashtag #EarthStrong.
GoPro launches #HomePro challenge to encourage adventure indoors
GoPro empowers people to take adventure to new heights, which is difficult to do while social distancing. To inspire creativity during isolation, GoPro launched a #HomePro challenge and are giving away cameras to winners each day through the month of April! The content people come up with is hilarious and worth a look.
Lower death rate in China than previously estimated
A team of infectious disease experts studying COVID-19 released some good news. They found that the fatality rate in people symptomatic of the virus in Wuhan, China now stands at 1.4%, much lower than expected. This new study offers a guide to other countries fighting the outbreak.
COVID-19 showing low risk for children
Having four kids myself, much of my fear revolves around their safety. Thankfully, the data is showing how low the risk is to them. Coronavirus has not claimed any lives in children under age 9 worldwide, and only one child under 19 years of age.
A new focus on getting America back to work is emerging in the mainstream media
A New York Times article, by Thomas Friedman, offers a refreshing, alternative take to the tactics we have used recently to control the virus. Here’s the main question addressed in the article: “Can we more surgically minimize the threat of this virus to those most vulnerable while we maximize the chances for as many Americans as possible to safely go back to work as soon as possible?”
Starbucks is reopening stores in China
Six weeks after shutting its doors nationwide, Starbucks has now reopened over 4000 locations. This is a great sign that the worst is over in China after a little over a month. We hope to see the same pattern here in the USA.
Every day, signs of recovery
This update comes from Michael Levitt, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry. Levitt looks at the stats from 78 countries with more than 50 reported cases of COVID-19 every day and sees “signs of recovery,” focusing on the number of new cases, not the cumulative figure. “Numbers are still noisy, but there are clear signs of slowed growth,” he told the LA Times, claiming that, however, the trajectory of deaths in the US backs up his finding.
Hydroxychloroquine is being distributed in New York City
An anti-malarial drug may help in fighting COVID-19. President Trump announced in his daily briefing Tuesday that 10,000 units will be distributed in New York City. The results may be good news in our fight against the virus. The president shared that there is very little presence of the virus in countries where malaria is prevalent and this drug is used. He also said in his update that vaccines are “coming along quickly.”
Scientists in Canada make massive breakthroughs in developing a vaccine
A team of Canadian scientists has finally isolated and grown copies of the Coronavirus, which may help in studying the pathogen to develop better testing, treatments, vaccines, and gain a better understanding of its biology.
No new cases in China
For the first time since the virus broke out, there have been no new cases of COVID- 19 in China during the last 24 hours. YAY!!!!!!!
South Korea's dramatic drop in new cases
After its peak of 909 newly reported COVID-19 cases on February 29th, South Korea has now seen a dramatic drop in the number of new cases reported daily.
Other drugs working
Doctors in India have successfully treated two Italian patients with COVID-19, by administering a combination of drugs — principally Lopinavir and Ritonavir, alongside Oseltamivir and Chloroquine. Several are now suggesting the same medical treatment, on a case-by-case basis, globally.
Antibodies to the rescue
Researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody that can fend off infection by COVID-19.
A 103-year-old Chinese woman has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China, becoming the oldest patient to beat the disease.
Retail reopening in China
42 Apple stores are reopening to the public in China. Other retailers are expected to follow.
Mortality rates may be inflated
Experts predict that Italy has seen a higher mortality rate of COVID-19 given its significant aging population, as well as its higher percentage of COVID-19 patients with pre-existing health conditions. This might suggest that COVID-19’s fatality rate may have been slightly more inflated than previously thought for the general population.
Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center has developed a COVID-19 test that can now deliver results in just two hours, rather than in a matter of days.
It's looking better every day! We still have a ways to go, but don’t lose hope! There are a lot of very smart people working on this. God is in control and we have the choice to stay positive! Hang in there and stay focused on the good ahead.
We will continue to update this blog post with information concerning COVID-19 so make sure to check back daily for more good news updates.
Important: While we find this news to be uplifting and give us hope, we are not medical researchers and suggest you check out the source links we included for yourself. Please be safe and continue to follow all quarantine and other recommended measures by those in local and national government as well as the medical community.
God bless, and Keep Groovin!
Other Sources: Peter Diamandis’s blog. You can read his blog here.