COVID-19 | March 23rd News

Today we would like to provide you with something a little different. Rather than the regular update filled with facts and numbers that often spread more fear and panic, we would like to share the more positive outcomes we have seen. In this time of uncertainty, we are all in the same boat floating in a sea of pandemic, endless closures, interruption to daily life, fear, and isolation, but we must work together, while still keeping our social distance of 1-2 metres of course, to stay afloat. I think it is safe to say our audience is aware of the causes and consequences of the 2019 Novel Corona Virus we all know too well as COVID-19. It continues to spread around the world and unfortunately has travelled vast distances to become an unwanted visitor in our little corner of the world. The situation still remains extremely serious, but here is a little glace into more positive corona virus news coming from our world:

  • There hasn’t been a positive case confirmed in Wuhan, the virus epicentre, in three days. With this news, some of the social distancing measures in China are being lifted.
  • The canals of Venice have become crystal clear due to the decrease in boat traffic. The colourful plants, little fish, and crabs that inhabit the canals are now visible to see by the naked eye.
  • The smog and air pollution in China has partially cleared leaving blue skies. Air quality has also increased in many other countries under quarantine measures.
  • Scientists around the world are working to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. They currently have just begun clinical trials. It will most likely be between a year and a year and a half before a vaccine is released to the public. Canada has confirmed that they will be spending $192 million on developing a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • In Wuhan a total of 71,740 people have been declared cured and one of the hospitals built specifically for the virus has closed because there is no longer a need for it.
  • The Trudeau government has offered an emergency aid of $82 billion for families and small business to allow them to survive this crisis.
  • The Trudeau government has also offered $5000 loans to help people outside of Canada travel back home.
  • Communities are working together to deliver groceries and other supplies to the elderly and other people in quarantine.
  • With no current cases of the Corona virus, Cuba has sent 52 doctors to Italy to help in the hardest hit parts of the North. This is the first time in history the communist country has sent aid to Italy. Cuba has also sent doctors to help in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname, and Grenada.
  • A few breweries in the country and around the world are starting to brew hand sanitizer instead of beer to help meet the worlds demand.
  • A 103 year old grandmother in Wuhan has made a full recovery after being treated for six days in hospital for the virus.
  • Plasma, the clear liquid portion of the blood that remains once the red blood cells are removed, from the newly recovered patients of COVID-19 can help treat others who are infected. This is due to the fact that the plasma of recovered people carries the required antibodies needed to fight off the virus.
  • Live Broadway musicals are being released for your viewing pleasure at home to keep people entertained. This is the same case for many large museums. You are now able to virtually visit museums from the comfort of your couch.

We understand that this is just a snippet of the positive news circulating around the world, but we are sharing what we can to brighten up the days of our community. If you have any positive initiatives that you have seen or are personally doing, please feel free to share them will us. We would be more than happy to talk about them on the radio. I know I have seen a few beautiful rainbows that kids have been colouring floating around the internet. So, let’s all get involved and colour a rainbow!