You need a break from gloomy coronavirus updates. We all do. The unrelenting stream of doom and negative news is both helpful in terms of keeping ourselves and our families safe, but it also has the unfortunate effect of increasing our anxiety. When will this end? How bad will it get? Is there reason to be hopeful?
We don't have answers to those first two questions, but we can most certainly answer the last one — yes, there's reason to be hopeful! Here are just a few developments and shared thoughts that you can use to look to the future and boost your spirits.
The story of David and Sally Abel, the older couple quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan was one of the first high-profile coronavirus cases experienced by western citizens. Hailing from Northamptonshire, England, the couple's story was particularly troubling because most accounts indicate that elderly victims aged 70 or older who are infected with coronavirus are at the most risk of experiencing a fatal outcome.
Once testing commenced, 700 passengers were confirmed as being infected with the coronavirus. Of those infected, as of this writing, seven have died as a result of contracting the virus.
However, after spending a month in quarantine in a Japanese hospital, David and Sally Abel have recovered, looking no worse for wear and now happily spending time with family back in the UK. The news may be particularly encouraging for the elderly since David is not only 74 years old, but also suffers from type 2 diabetes.
The news may be a bit grim, but our funniest entertainers aren't letting the health crisis stop them from doing what they do best — making us laugh. Late night show hosts Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, and John Oliver all delivered their usual comedy fare with either completely empty or near-empty studios (to practice social distancing to prevent coronavirus spread), and each managed to successfully lighten the mood despite the lack of a live audience.
But even our best comedians without a TV platform are getting in on the act. On Monday, stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt (Two and a Half Men, Archer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Veronica Mars, BoJack Horseman) delivered a mini stand-up routine from his porch of his Los Angeles home.
A group of scientists in Canada just achieved a breakthrough that may help to eventually end or significantly reduce the threat of the coronavirus. The group of researchers from the Sunnybrook Research Institute, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto managed to isolate the COVID-19 virus (often referred to as the novel coronavirus).
According to the group, the breakthrough could, "help researchers in Canada and across the world develop better diagnostic testing, treatments and vaccines, and gain a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology, evolution and clinical shedding."
The stories of celebrities, both young and a bit older, infected with the coronavirus will continue to roll in. But at least one of our favorites confirmed to have the virus, Tom Hanks (along with his similarly famous wife Rita Wilson), is still in typically great spirits.
Unfortunately, the Terminator can't save us from this unfolding health crisis, but it turns our that the actor who played the role, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is offering a regular stream of updates to keep fans in good spirits, along with a few workout and health tips along the way.
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