Amid the never-ending coverage of coronavirus and the media sensationalism, it’s easy to slip into negative thought spirals.
We’re still in the shock, denial, and frustration phases. But things will improve. We will reach a ‘new normal’.
We think it’s important to focus on the positive stories during this time: the stories of communities coming together, of people helping each other, of memes and videos that become welcome distractions and are a testament to our creativity, resilience – and silliness. 🤪
Parents Are Spending More Time With Their Kids
Think of the precious moments children around the world are going to have with their moms, dads, and siblings.
We’re Creating Our Own Neighbourhood Support Systems
The Environment is Catching a Break At Last
Levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some cities and regions are showing significant drops as coronavirus impacts work and travel.
Researchers in New York told the BBC their early results showed carbon monoxide mainly from cars had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year. Emissions of the planet-heating gas CO2 have also fallen sharply.
Both China and Northern Italy have also recorded significant falls in nitrogen dioxide, which is related to reduced car journeys and industrial activity. The gas is both a serious air pollutant and a powerful warming chemical.
Factories Are Switching their Lines to Produce Much-Needed Ventilators
The McLaren F1 team, RDM Automotive, and GTech have all converted their production lines in their UK factories to produce thousands more ventilators for the NHS.
GTech, known for its vacuum cleaners, spent a week working on the ventilator design after the government requested its help.
The aviation, car and medical equipment industries aim to deliver 5,000 machines in the next fortnight and a further 25,000 in a matter of months.
People are Getting Married Wherever – and However – They Can
Artists are Livestreaming Concerts via Social Media
Bands and artists are quarantining, too –– which means we get to tune in to impromptu live broadcasts like this one, from Chris Martin.
Kids Are Spending Their Pocket Money on Vulnerable People
There are tons of wonderful stories emerging of children spending their own pocket money to help the elderly or most vulnerable in society, like this example from The Guardian.
Our spirits will clearly not be broken by this thing. Let’s continue to stay safe, keep sharing wonderful stories, and stay in touch with your loved ones.
Got any awesomely positive stories to share? Let us know in the comments! 👇