With all the health and economic challenges so many of us are experiencing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, everyone can use some good news now and then. Here’s a sample of some of the stories that made us smile this week.
Mother Earth is healing
As people around the globe stay home and transportation, business and several major industries have shut down temporarily, Mother Nature is taking a “breather” and enjoying a bit of a break. Air pollution levels in Rome are nearly half what they were last year. Clearer skies are allowing views in India that haven’t been possible for decades. And satellite images show nitrogen dioxide pollution levels have dropped by 30 percent in some parts of the United States. In addition, “There’s some silver lining for wildlife in what otherwise is a fairly catastrophic time for humans.” Read more.
Animal shelters see record adoption rates
Animal shelters across the country are emptying out as people sign up in record numbers to adopt or foster a pet. Whether they’re making a permanent addition to their family or giving a temporary home to an animal in need, Americans are opening their homes—and their hearts while they have more free time on their hands. Read more.
Shall we dance?
As COVID-19 cancelled prom for millions of high school students across the nation, actor John Krasinski hosted an online event on his newly launched YouTube channel, Some Good News, that gave quarantined teens—and a handful of celebrities—a chance to celebrate despite the restrictions of sheltering in place. Read more.
FDA approves first at-home testing
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first diagnostic testing for COVID-19 that can be self-collected at home. Home collection kits contain nasal swabs, saline and packaging to transport your sample to the lab for testing and are expected to be available with a doctor’s order within the next several weeks. This may give some relief to healthcare workers as well as others who are worried about exposure from going out. Read more.
Innovations are showing up in unique ways
For those suffering from COVID-19 who are deaf or hard of hearing, communicating with a healthcare professional wearing a mask may be nearly impossible without the ability to lipread. Earlier this month, a college senior designed a facemask with clear panels that allows clearer communication while keeping both parties protected. Read more.
Find a doctor
If you feel unwell and would like to consult your doctor, consider using telemedicine options. Providence Express Care Virtual connects you face-to-face with a nurse practitioner who can review your symptoms, provide instruction and follow-up as needed. If you need to find a doctor, you can use our provider directory or search for one in your area.
You can also learn how your state’s department of public health is responding to the situation:
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
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