The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought a lot of worry, fear, and uncertainty to many people across the globe. Businesses are shutting down, people are staying indoors, and global stock markets are crashing. Throughout March 2020, headlines are reporting distressing news about the virus, with hundreds of people dying every day. Despite all that, each passing day seems to carry with it some good news and great lessons. Like any other major tragedy, disaster, and public health threat, there is always a reason for hope and optimism.
While the mainstream media has focused more on the bad and ugly side of COVID-19, there has been a lot of good news and facts about the virus. A flurry of positive news pieces has been making rounds on social media and other communication channels to uplift the human spirit. The following are 13 pieces of good news that has happened during this pandemic.
- Air pollution has dropped sharply since February 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic forced many factories across the globe to shut down their operations as governments imposed a lockdown. That also saw several businesses pausing production and traffic falling sharply in major cities of the world. In Europe and Asia, the closure of major industries contributed to a drop in global nitrogen dioxide levels.
NASA revealed that air pollution levels had dropped dramatically in China. Their pollution monitoring satellites observed a significant decrease in nitrogen dioxide. Furthermore, an investigation by CarbonBrief showed that CO2 emissions in China had reduced by a quarter within two months of the pandemic.
- Coronavirus has taught governments on the need to improve on how they respond to future pandemics
When the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, it caught many governments flatfooted. It exposed how they respond to public health threats. Undoubtedly, there have been many shortcomings in healthcare systems around the globe. However, as experts continue to find a solution, the pandemic proves that governments must improve their response to such events in the future.
As history has shown, governments should be quick at responding to future public health threats. That includes quicker, better, and organized distribution of testing kits and a more unified and logical public communication system.
- Nature is reclaiming its spaces in Venice as canals run clear
When Italy went on lockdown to contain the virus and banned non-essential travel, Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, hardly saw any visitors. As a result, there is less demand for transportation, and canals with fewer boats are coming up clearer, beautiful, and clean. The canals have less traffic, thus allowing sediments to remain at the bottom.
The fish are visible, and swans have returned on some canals. Furthermore, the quarantine in Italy has made it possible for dolphins to swim in the port of Cagliari uninterrupted, and air pollution has dropped.
- A new form of patriotism has emerged
For many years, countries have matched patriotism with their armies. But after the coronavirus pandemic, it has emerged that nobody can shoot the virus. The people fighting it are not enlisted men with guns. Instead, they are doctors, nurses, caregivers, pharmacists, grocery store owners, teachers, and utility workers.
Without a cure or a vaccine in place, many doctors and nurses have a challenging task of helping patients recover. But at the same time, they are themselves at high risk of contamination and even death. Their sacrifice is a true interpretation of patriotism.
- The internet is alive and is here to stay for longer
One of the many recommendations in the fight against COVID-19 is social distancing. But social distancing reduces the traditional ways of communication. Despite that, the world has found a way of preserving at least some medical and social connections.
Thanks to the internet, people in quarantine or isolation can ask for help, provide updates, visit friends virtually, and even consult their primary physicians using technology. If there existed regulatory barriers to internet tools, it is high time that governments removed them.
- United Nations Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire
On 23 March 2020, the UN Secretary-General urged all warring parties all over the world to put down their weapons and support the fight against COVID-19. He insisted that the virus was more of a common enemy because it threatened all of humankind. Worldwide, armed conflicts affect women and children. In 2018, a report by the UN showed that more than 12,000 children died from 20 conflict situations, but with the current state of affairs, this number is likely to decrease.
- Telemedicine has emerged to be an answer for a strained healthcare system
The virus has shifted the paradigm of where healthcare delivery occurs. As has been, thousands of new patients are connecting with their doctors through computers and smartphones. Through telemedicine, doctors can now consult with their patients remotely.
Communicating with a caregiver through virtual reality has emerged as a crucial factor in coping with the increased demand for medical services. Also, it is keeping thousands of health workers safer. Patients are embracing telemedicine so that they can avoid going to the hospitals and waiting rooms where chances of contamination are high.
- People can enjoy lots of brand new music and live concerts for free
With social distancing in place, people cannot attend large sports and cultural gatherings. Also, bars and music venues remain closed across the globe. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy loads of music with live concerts and webcasts from some of your favorite musicians even when social distancing at your house.
John Legend, Garth Brooks, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, X Ambassadors, Dave Ernst, and Vanessa Carlton, among many other musicians, are all hosting live performances on their social media pages. The live concerts have been good news to many people looking for a diversion from the bombardment of alarming coronavirus headlines.
- New cases are falling at the epicenter of the outbreak
The number of new infections is dropping in cities where the outbreak first began. For example, China and South Korea have seen their numbers declining significantly since mid-March 2020. In Wuhan province, where the first case took hold, there have not been new local cases. Instead, many of the reported ones are from people arriving in the city. That only suggests efforts to end the spread of the virus can be successful.
- Individuals, organizations, and companies have come out to help the situation
The WHO set up a COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to help fight the pandemic. People have responded with over 180,000 parties, both corporations and individual donors made contributions, and others pledged to raise funds. As of 25 March 2020, the WHO had raised over $70 million. In many countries, there have been countless stories of people lending a helping hand to the most vulnerable.
- The pandemic has presented an opportunity for humans to reconsider and reflect
The virus has disrupted people’s daily lives globally. However, that presents an opportunity for people to reconsider and reflect on how they do things and why they do them. For example, many people have now changed from working in an office environment to working at home.
That is an opportunity for people to reflect on whether they should continue doing what they were doing before once the crisis ends. But throughout the world, COVID-19 has forced many people to make changes to their daily lives that they would also want to maintain after the crisis.
- A 103-year-old Chinese woman recovered from Coronavirus
Despite a study showing that the elderly and the sick are at most risk of dying from the virus, a 103-year-old Chinese woman recovered from COVID-19. Her recovery from the virus gave hope to thousands suffering from it across the globe. The grandmother became the oldest person to fight the contagion after getting treatment for more than a week. In a previous case, a 100-year-old man with hypertension, heart failure, and Alzheimer’s disease also recovered from the virus.
- Prevention is better than cure
The good news from the pandemic is that it has taught the world it is safer and economical to prevent than to treat. Perhaps, a simple lesson such as the importance of washing hands can easily be learned from this tragedy, and even when it is over, we will still remain with a positive lesson to pass down.
Although there is mass trauma from COVID-19, the best-case scenario is that it will force society to reconsider its choices. For example, open food markets, consumption of game meat, and ventilation issues will be an important subject of discussion. Most of the serious viruses that have affected humans have all come from animals, and it is about time that we took it seriously, and found a way to stop these recurring pandemics
Undoubtedly, the new COVID-19 epidemic has already shown that it possesses a huge problem now and may continue to do so in months to come. These may be trying times for millions around the globe, especially those infected. But despite the doom and gloom, positive stories and messages are emerging from every corner, thus giving people a reason to remain hopeful.