More "Good News" Stories from the Coronavirus Outbreak

July 23, 2020
Coronavirus Good News
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Here are a few more good news stories from the outbreak...

1.  A charity called "Protect with Heart" has been making scrub hats and donating them to nurses.  They're trying to raise enough money to make 5,000, and they're about halfway to their goal.

2.  More people have quit smoking because of the pandemic.  A study in England found 7.6% of smokers have quit this year, up from 5.9%.  And 2 in 5 say it's specifically because they're worried about the virus.

3.  Engineers at M.I.T. have come up with a cheap, reusable rubber face mask that's just as effective as N95 masks.  They still use little disks of N95 material as filters, and those have to be thrown out.  But it's much less wasteful.  And the rest of the mask can be sterilized and reused.

4.  Clorox is donating $1 million to help make sure teachers have all the supplies they need when the new school year starts up.

5.  Because of all the social distancing, no one's getting the flu.  It's the middle of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and cases are way down.  For example, Australia had 22,000 confirmed cases in the last two weeks of June last year.  And this year, only 85.