With so many terrifying coronavirus headlines these days, we thought we’d check out our very popular article series highlighting all the positive updates on the COVID-19 pandemic that we can find around the world.
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one) Coronavirus numbers are finally falling in the US.
January 26 marked two weeks of a substantial decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States.
Not just hospitalizations, but the 7-day average of coronavirus cases has also dropped significantly, down by a third from its peak on Jan.12, according to the COVID monitoring project maintained by The Atlantic.
The drop in hospitalizations is occurring in 36 states, and the numbers are stable in 12 more states. California, for example, reported a 20 percent decrease in hospitalizations over three weeks.
“It is a stable indicator pointing in the right direction.”
2) Medical schools are being inundated with applications from those who want to join the field
The number of students applying to medical school for the upcoming 2021 academic year increased by 18%.
This is a “big increase” compared to the previous year. and also a record “Considering that the Association of American Medical Colleges generally sees an increase of between 1 and 3 percent year over year”
The increase compares with the spate of military enlistments that followed the 9/11 attacks, when Americans were inspired to serve.
3) Oxford-AstraZeneca says it doesn’t want to make a profit on its vaccine
Both Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have decided that, until the pandemic is over, they will sell their COVID-19 vaccines on a non-profit model.
According to the Financial timesOxford-AstraZeneca is currently priced between $ 3- $ 4 per dose, which only covers costs.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which has yet to be licensed, will be priced at around $ 10, but it only takes one dose to be effective.
4) India and New Zealand are buying vaccines for neighboring countries that cannot afford them
It is inspiring to see countries commit to delivering vaccines to neighboring countries that might have trouble getting doses for their populations.
As part of its ‘vaccine diplomacy’ campaign, India plans to offer 20 million vaccines to Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives and Mauritius, and many of these aid shipments are completely free.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand government has allocated $ 53 million to make sure your Pacific Islander neighbors they have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, which they could not otherwise afford.
5) Chick-fil-A manager corrects reserve traffic at self-service vaccination clinic
After the computer system’s driving records fell during a coronavirus vaccination clinic in South Carolina, a chaotic backup of cars left people waiting for hours.
So the city’s mayor decided to contact a local Chick-fil-A restaurant manager and tweeted, “When you need help, call the professionals.”
After reviewing the situation, he knew immediately what to do. ‘There’s your problem,’ he told Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie. “It is supported because there is a person who registers people.” Then Chick-fil-A manager Jerry Walkowiak showed them how to do it right.
With the help of some volunteers from the Rotary club, they cut the waiting time from an hour to just 15 minutes, turning the messy traffic jam into a smooth operation that vaccinated 1,000 people that day.
6) Modern vaccine also defeats viral variants
Massachusetts-based biotech company Moderna has tested its vaccine against two new, rapidly spreading strains of COVID-19.
According to Nature, it appears that the vaccine works as effectively against the UK variant as it does against the original form. While the vaccine appears less effective in neutralizing the South African variant 501Y.V2, it still provides protection.
Moderna now plans to test a booster jab that will enhance immunity against emerging forms of the coronavirus.
7) This team of women administers COVID-19 vaccines on snowmobiles in the harsh rural conditions of Alaska
People living in the most remote parts of Alaska are getting the COVID-19 vaccine early so they can continue to receive visits from family members, all thanks to a certain group of women.
The team of four is using planes, snowmobiles and sleds, whatever it takes, to deliver the vaccine in rural areas of northern Alaska. Composed of a pharmacist, a doctor and two nurses, the adventurous medical team has delivered 65 vaccines, so far, traveling hundreds of miles to villages to get the job done.
8) After recovery from COVID-19, immune cells ‘remember’ for at least half a year
Good news for those who have already contracted COVID-19: The immune system seems to remember how to produce antibodies that can fight the virus for at least six months after the initial infection, and probably much longer.
The study, led by scientists from Rockefeller university and published in Nature, found that, perhaps due to “exposure to virus remnants hidden in the gut,” participants continued to improve their antibodies months after being attacked for the first time with the coronavirus.
9) The group is giving away bags of marijuana to people who get vaccinated
Nicknamed “Joints for Jabs,” a community effort has been planned for Washington, DC for each time public vaccination sites open.
DC Marijuana Justice will celebrate the “momentous occasion” by thanking people for getting vaccinated, with dozens of local DC growers legally distributing free bags of cannabis outside of vaccination centers as soon as the general public can get vaccinated.
“We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know that nothing brings people together like cannabis,” he says. Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of DCMJ.
10) People use their free time to pick up books and read again
With more downtime than usual, it seems that many have turned into bookworms. In the UK last year, for the first time since 2012, more than 200 million books were sold.
The loan of books in the States also grew exponentially, with National Geographic reports that weekly e-book loans increased nationwide by nearly 50% in the months after March.
An April survey in Canada showed similarly positive reading trends, with 58% of respondents in a non-profit BookNet survey that says They planned to read more due to the closures.
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