While many of us are still sheltering in place, working from home, finishing out the year with home schooling, and unloading and reloading the dishwasher relentlessly, it can be easy to slip into “quarantine fog.” Here are some cheerful news stories from this week that prove there are still positive things happening in the world (even if we’re not out there to see them).
‘Wear the cap, donate the gown’
With patients and healthcare workers in need of PPE, and so many graduates not using their graduation gowns, a frontline worker started a charity that merged the two. Gowns for Good has collected and distributed over 5000 recycled graduation gowns that can be used in hospitals and assisted living facilities. Learn more.
Space travel continues
Although this week’s much anticipated spacecraft launch was delayed due to weather, NASA has rescheduled it for Saturday, May 30. The SpaceX Crew Dragon will be traveling to the international space station and according to NASA, it will be the first launch of American astronauts on an American rocket from American soil in nearly a decade. Need something to look forward to? Watch the launch live this weekend. Learn more.
Needleworkers break a world record
Quarantined needleworkers and crafters have banded together to form the world’s longest “bunting” – or string of flags. Stretching 9 miles long, the flags were strung together over a period of two days in a display hall in the U.K. View the impressive photos here.
Mom creates uplifting chalk art to inspire kids
A mom of a 4-year old with a suppressed immune system uses her time in quarantine to create beautiful art to inspire children. Using her daughters as models, you can see them posing as mermaids, astronauts and skateboarders. Her art has gone viral for a reason. Watch the video here.
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:
Well Being Trust: Mental health resources
How to stay safe and healthy at home with Providence virtual care
Reach out for support: We are here
Easy ways to get diet and nutrition while you're cooped up
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
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