The news about coronavirus is important, but I've decided there needs to be a source of news that only features the positive progress that we're making and helpful information to keep us safe and strong!
For instance, I'm already starting to see articles about the businesses that will rebound quickly once we turn the corner and how there could be investment opportunities like we have never seen before.
Remember, the economy was on solid ground before it was necessary to take precautions. As soon as the risk fades, both the economy and jobs can and should bounce back very quickly.
Remind yourself how quickly this happened. Also remind yourself it could turn around just as quickly. The community of scientists around the world are working on this and I'm sure that you have heard that vaccines are being tested already.
Let me rephrase that, in the history of mankind there has never been as much focused research as what's happening right now. And don't forget that they don't even need to find a cure for this to make it manageable. There isn't a cure for AIDS yet, but the treatment that was developed by scientists allows people to live long and healthy lives.
What I'm trying to say is scientists are working on this from two different angles. They want to create a vaccine that makes it go away entirely and they want to minimize or eliminate the symptoms even if you have it so it's manageable.
I'm going to do my best to research the headlines and make sure they are accurate, but if you see something that isn't accurate, please let me know so I can update the information. With that said, let's take a look at the first set of headlines that made me feel a lot better (honestly) when I read them...
Posted on March 30, 2020
- Coronavirus Slowdown in Seattle Suggests Restrictions Are Working
- More and more countries are containing the spread
The results are reassuring: In countries that have acted fast and taken social distancing seriously, the spread of the virus has been dramatically slowed or even contained.
- Doctors in India have reported success in treating infected patients with a mixture of drugs usually used to tackle HIV, swine flu and malaria.
- In China and Japan, doctors have had promising results using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat newly infected patients. This well-established medical technique could even be used to boost the immunity of people who are at risk of catching the disease.
Posted on March 28, 2020
- New FDA-Authorized COVID-19 Test Can Produce Results in Minutes without a Lab
The new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test uses the Abbott ID NOW diagnostics platform, which is essentially a lab-in-a-box that is roughly the size of a small kitchen appliance.
- Social distancing appears to be working in Oregon, experts say
State health officials believe thousands of people could be spared from the coronavirus if Oregonians stay home and practice social distancing.
- We are Flattening the Curve in Ohio
Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health Director, has some good news for the citizens of Ohio during Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily COVID-19 coronavirus briefing. Acton added that it is the stay-at-home order and social distancing, as well as the other actions taken by the state, that is flattening the curve.
- Most People with COVID-19 Recover
Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of people have died, the overall death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far less than MERS (about 34%), SARS (about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the average seasonal flu (0.1%). The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates alone, it could be far worse.
- Children Seem to be Infected Less Often and Have Milder Disease
According to the CDC, the vast majority of infections so far have afflicted adults. And when kids are infected, they tend to have milder disease. For kids and their parents, that’s good news.
- The number of new cases is falling where the outbreak began
During his speech declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the director-general of the WHO pointed out that “China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining epidemics.”
Posted on March 26, 2020
- Could the summer bring an end to COVID-19?
Warmer temperatures and higher humidity could help to slow the spread of the virus.
- Saints coach Sean Payton, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, said doctors “cleared” him Tuesday
"I’m feeling a lot better,” Payton said on WWL Radio on Wednesday, via Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com.
- Coronavirus Vaccine Researchers Just Delivered Some Great News
Scientists studying the genetics of the novel coronavirus are hopeful that a vaccine can have long-lasting effects, as the virus isn’t mutating as much as the flu, which needs a new vaccine every year.
- A Singaporean laboratory has developed tech that can help scientists track the mutations of the COVID-19 virus and asses the effects of vaccine candidates faster than before.
- New Coronavirus Research Suggests Vaccines Developed to Treat it Could be Long-Lasting
A new study from Italian researchers suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is the cause of the COVID-19 disease currently causing a global health crisis, is relatively slow to mutate – meaning that any effective vaccine that is developed to prevent people from getting infected should be broadly effective across geographically separated populations over a relatively long period of time.
Posted on March 23, 2020
- There are early signs that China's economy is recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, and that bodes well for the rest of the global economy.
- Doctors in France, South Korea and the U.S. are using an antimalarial drug known as hydroxychloroquine with success.
Wall Street Journal
March 22, 2020
- South Korea’s daily coronavirus count dropped to double digits for the first time since the outbreak began nearly a month ago, officials said Sunday.
- Theme parks and museums are reopening across China, as attractions temporarily shut down in the US and UK amid the global outbreak of coronavirus. Wuhan has reported no new cases of COVID-19. News Source
Posted on March 21, 2020
- Of about 80,000 people sick from COVID-19 in China, more than 70% have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
- Scientists have figured out how the novel coronavirus breaks into human cells, which will help significantly in developing treatments.
- A team of Canadian scientists have isolated and grown copies of the coronavirus, which may help scientists study the pathogen to develop better testing, treatments, vaccines, and gain a better understanding of its biology.
- China is testing five different vaccine options, claiming it could have a vaccine ready by next month.
- Vaccination trials in the U.S. are already underway.
- A team of infectious disease experts calculated the fatality rate of Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak is about 1.4%, drastically lower than earlier estimates.
- Distilleries across the U.S. are making their own hand sanitizers and giving it away for free. Now there's 2 reasons to love distilleries!
- A Johns Hopkins researcher has claimed antibodies from recovered coronavirus patients could help protect people at risk. Deployment of this option requires no research or development and it could be deployed within a couple of weeks since it relies on standard blood-banking practices.
- South Korea recoveries are starting to outnumber new infections.
- China is getting its feet back on the ground, opening parks and athletics, loosening travel restrictions.
- China has also closed its last coronavirus hospital, not enough new cases to support them.
- Australian researchers are in the midst of testing two drugs as cures to the virus.
- Apple, Starbucks reopening all stores in China.
- MetroHealthMedical Center has developed a coronavirus test that gives results in hours, not days.
- Scientists in Israel have also noted the potential to annouce development of a coronavirus vaccine within weeks.
- A San Diego biotech company is developing a coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
- China has reported just one new domestic coronavirus infection for a second day in a row.
- A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19. She wasn't going to let a little thing like that slow her down!
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