In an effort to balance out all of the alarming and saddening news about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve pulled together some recent positive happenings related to the disease that may help lighten your mental load. Although the virus is far from being contained on the global stage, there are some countries that are beginning to flatten the curve, some great humans who have contributed to their employees’ wellness as well as the potential for an antibody test that could help identify immunity.
Physical distancing is working: Some countries are flattening their
Data shows that after national lockdowns, countries are beginning to flatten their curves. Find out what countries are doing it right and how continuing to isolate and employ physical distancing measures can provide hope for slowing the spread of the virus. Read more.
Let’s focus on the COVID-19 survival rates
Although the total number of COVID-19 cases are unknown – largely due to lack of widespread testing – and there have been many deaths as a result of this illness, there have also been many who have survived. Read more.
Hope for identifying COVID-19 immunity with a new antibody test
A new FDA-approved test may help identify whether someone has had COVID-19 and if they’re now carrying antibodies that may make them immune to developing the disease. This could enable some to return to work sooner with less risk. Read more.
Employers are supporting their employees
Large companies are stepping up to support their employees impacted by the Coronavirus. Wynn Resorts announced it will be extending full pay for its 15,000 full-time employees through May 15. Starbucks is also extending temporary COVID-19 benefits for its US employees. This will include higher wages for those who decide to continue working and “catastrophe pay” for those who choose not to work until early May. CEO, Jim Fish, of Waste Management guaranteed 40hr workweek pay for his 45,000 employees indefinitely (without a single layoff). Read more.
COIVD-19 research gets a large financial boost
Jack Dorsey, Twitter Co-Founder and Chief Executive, donates $1 Billion for COVID-19 relief research. The pledge of $1 Billion is exactly 28% of his overall wealth; the largest donation yet to help fight the global coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
Face masks are being delivered to those who need them
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced the company has delivered 20 million masks and plans to now also produce face shields for essential healthcare workers. (1 million to be delivered by the end of this week to be exact.) Read more.
Providence continues to invest in helping get PPE to the frontlines and has raised more than $680,000 from nearly 1,500 supporters to fund research and provide care for those who are most vulnerable in the communities it serves. Find out how to contribute.
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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