A Covid-19 Pandemic Update of Good NewsNelson Tam
As we’re midway through our fourth month in quarantine, things haven’t progressed as much as most of us would like. Life as we knew it is still on pause – or pivot at best. However, here’s your reminder that there are still happy events happening in the world.
Some Good News by John Krasinski has been one of our top references to bring cheer through the fear and anxiety many are dealing with. Recently he reminded us that love is certainly still alive – not only by highlighting some sweet weddings, but also by giving a nice couple a little wedding surprise, complete with a reunion of his cast mates from The Office.
The Covid-19 pandemic has altered everyone’s lives in different ways, and perhaps those suffering worst are the marginalized and homeless. However, the government of BC recently addressed this issue directly with the purchase of a Comfort Inn in Victoria, which they will convert into a shelter for the homeless as the pandemic continues. Afterward, the building will be configured for affordable housing.
(Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria/Facebook)
For many, travel is one of the activities that most missed. The folks at Travel and Leisure feel this and have turned to focus more on the “leisure” part of their namesake by offering a list of over 100 Fun Things to do at Home during quarantine. The options range from virtual sightseeing tours and museum visits, to live-streaming animal life, and even options for children.
Gregg Garfield, 54, contracted the coronavirus on an annual ski trip in Italy. Upon returning to North America, he was admitted to a California hospital with a 1% survival rate after his kidneys started failing and his blood pressure dropped. But with the help of healthcare workers and surely some serious resilience, he was release after 64 days. Upon exiting, one of his doctors told him: “You’re a miracle. Medically, you should not be here.” Inspiration to keep hope alive, no matter how slim the chances may be.
With all the misinformation currently out there and the general mishandling of the Covid-19 virus in some parts of the world, some celebrities stepped up by handing over their social media accounts to health experts to share some of the science-based advice and information for one day. The #PassTheMic initiative, was led by Julia Roberts and the charitable organization One.org, beginning with an interview of the actress with Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Other celebrities involved included, Hugh Jackman, Penelope Cruz, and actress Millie Bobby Brown.