More "Good News" Stories from the Coronavirus Outbreak

June 26, 2020
Coronavirus Good News

Here are a few more good news stories from the outbreak...

1. Experts say that the coronavirus may not be able to survive the summer heat, but only if people get outdoors. The theory is based on findings that suggest the virus survives for 30 minutes after exposure to ultraviolet sunlight. Large indoor gatherings still remain prime ways to spread the infection, researchers said. "Waiting to reopen universities and schools until the fall is absolutely counterproductive and more likely to fail versus using the summertime to proceed with gradual reopening and getting people out of doors into UV light as best we can," said author Dr. Anthony Amoroso.

2. After 133 years, the Pasadena, California Fire Department staffed an engine crew made only of women for one shift, according to People. "To have all women there, there was a lot of pride and there was a lot of fulfillment," PFD firefighter Christina Terrazas said. "It felt like it should've happened a long time ago." "I would love an all-female crew," she told CBS News, saying she doesn't want it to be a one-time situation. "We're gonna keep pushing forward and break through those glass ceilings," Terrazas said, "and we're gonna support one another along the way.

3. Some unlikely heroes in Minneapolis have raised $100,000 to support black-owned businesses and neighborhoods—and they’re only 9-years-old. It all started one day when Kamryn Johnson and five of her friends were bored. So, in order to have a little bit of fun, they had the bright idea to sell some bracelets. Rather than just keep the money for themselves, Kamryn’s mom suggested it would be nice to do something positive for others—and the kids agreed. “Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice” was born. The kiddos hoped to make a small impact with their enterprise, but since May 30, these altruistic children have managed to raise almost $100,000.

4. The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on elderly people, who have been advised to strictly adhere to stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines. For those living in care facilities, this has meant that friends and loved ones cannot even visit them in person. But, a care home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution, allowing seniors to connect with their loved ones while still keeping them safe from infection. It's called the ‘hug tunnel.' Made of thick plastic sheeting, the hug tunnel has arm holes for visitors and residents to wrap their arms around the person standing on the other side.