In case you haven’t heard, a new virus is circling the globe which has the potential to do a lot of harm. But we are capable of a lot of good, both those of us fighting the infection in the medical world and coping with its impact at home and with our businesses. No matter the shadows, there is a lot of light we should focus on because where the focus goes, energy follows.
We all need some good news amid all the craziness. Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame, spent a career focusing on communicating with children and improving their emotional health. In one of his newspaper columns he wrote that when he was a child, and he heard bad or scary news events that made him afraid or upset, his mother gave him advice:
“Always look for the helpers,” she’d tell me. “There’s always someone who is trying to help.” I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.
Let’s look for the helpers and focus on the positive energy they use and create. Medical researchers around the world seemed to have put down what they were doing and started working on treatments and vaccines.
- Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine have shown promise in several studies and reports, with results of more clinical trials coming, to try to nail down whether they’ll be effective on a wide scale, according to TechStartup. The drug treats malaria, caused by another virus, and other medical conditions
- Three major biotech companies, BioNTech, CureVac, and Moderna, are working towards a safe and effective vaccine. The companies specialize in messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics. These mRNA molecules instruct the body to produce an immune response to fight diseases and may be ready for market faster than traditional vaccines
- Israel-based biopharmaceutical company Kamada is collecting plasma from those who recovered from the viral infection to help it develop a treatment for COVID-19
- A new, preliminary study by Chinese researchers shows the coronavirus may be less contagious in warm weather. They found high temperature and high humidity reduced the transmission of COVID-19
Away from the labs, in about 15 hours, more than 170,000 people in the United Kingdom signed up to help Britain’s National Health Service cope with the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports. They are seeking another 80,000 volunteers to deliver food and medicines, provide transport for patients and supplies, and to telephone those who are becoming lonely because of self-isolation.
Why don’t you see more good news about COVID-19 in the media? Because the media’s default is worrying news, with some positive news sprinkled in. This formula has kept them in business for centuries. Just like junk food, bad news sells, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy it.
Though this situation won’t end as soon as we’d like and the disruption for many is causing serious problems, everything will be OK. We will overcome this, hopefully, smarter, wiser, and better prepared for the future. The strength of our community is greater than whatever COVID-19 will throw at us because we can all do this.
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