103-Year-Old Beats Coronavirus

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            Featuring NEW writer Andrew Spears!!!

It is widely known that the elderly and those with preexisting conditions are more susceptible than the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aging naturally weakens the human immune system, putting one at higher risk if they catch the disease, and other conditions can have the same effect.

However, there have been several wonder stories of such people recovering from the virus. A woman in Wuhan, China, at 103 years of age, recovered fully in less than a week, making her the oldest person to survive the coronavirus. Along with her, several other men and women in China and Iran have miraculously made full recoveries, despite all being over the age of 100.

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Distilleries Making Hand Sanitizer Instead of Liquor

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Hand sanitizers are in high demand right now as supplies are lacking everywhere around the world. Distilleries are combatting this deficit by, amazingly, making the products themselves. By combining distilled water and ethanol with aloha vera (or any type of gel), distilleries are creating homemade hand sanitizers to hand out. Some, such as Moonrise Distillery, are giving bottles out for free, even telling people through social media outlets to bring their own containers to the distillery and fill them up as they please. In these difficult times, people are racking their brains to find ways that their set of knowledge and tools can help, inspiring the rest of us with a different set of talents to do our part.

Check out more at: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/us/distilleries-hand-sanitizer-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

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The Simple Life

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Featuring NEW writer Jesse Sanchez!!!

In the times presented to us now, it’s difficult to find things that bring us a sense of joy and happiness. Being cooped up in our homes, with nothing to do, and the constant blaring of breaking news. What is there to do now? 

Many of the people that I talk to daily have been increasing their screen time. Either through being on their phones more frequently, watching movies, and TV shows, or through gaming on consoles and PCs. Objectively speaking, I believe that there is no reason to think that more screens would have negative impacts for people. Technology has brought us the ability to have the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, it has brought us the ability to find entertainment quickly and easily, it’s exceptional at removing ourselves from the reality we are in now, and place our focus and consciences somewhere else. 

Regardless of the foreseeable benefits that stem from tech, it must be said that we can not isolate ourselves to the point where we do not leave our homes. Humans have an intrinsic behavior to seek social events and to be outside, frolicling in the world. COVID-19 has provided us a moment in where we have to social-isolate, providing benefits such as much needed rest, and more time with our families. However, going outside is still a critically important necessity that all individuals, regardless of the circumstance need. 

Fresh air and exercise are just as critically important to our health as N-95 masks and handwashing. Increasing your heart rate for a duration of time, is proven to bring a sleuth of health benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, lower blood pressure, decreasing the risk of heart disease, strengthening bones and muscles, clearing your mind of thoughts that may be present, and plenty more. My point that I’m trying to bring across is this. It’s simple. It is easy to live an unbalanced life in our time right now, balance it with doing simple exercise, going outside, hydrating frequently, and eating enough food with plenty of nutrition. 

The simple life. 

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Retired Doctors and Nurses Rush Back to Help Those in Need in NYC

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Although putting themselves at high risk, retired doctors and nurses answered immediately when the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, called for help. Due to their age range, most of these doctors and nurses are the people most susceptible to COVID-19. But who else knows the medical procedures? Who else are qualified to take care of patients in hospitals? We are in the midst of a time, like all those Alfred Hitchcock movies, where ordinary people are thrown into extraordinary situations. And just like those heroic moments such as Spock’s “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” (The Wrath of Khan), every day citizens in the real world are rising to the challenge. People the same as you and me have been called upon in this specific situation by chance and they rise. They rise for the good of all the other people who need their help because one day when we, in turn, are called upon, they know that we too shall rise for the good of the many.

Check out more at: https://nypost.com/2020/03/27/meet-the-retired-doctors-and-nurses-helping-to-fight-the-coronavirus/

And https://time.com/5810120/retired-health-care-workers-coronavirus/

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Help from Around the World to Right Here in Albuquerque

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We often feel that we have to face all our battles alone with no one by our side, isolated inside our houses with no place safe to go. Many books and movies are made about fantastical events, about one man alone, facing down the slithering dragon in the middle of a stormy sea with nothing but the sword in his hand and the tattered clothes on his back. But often bravery and kindness is found elsewhere, in small, overlooked things, in the everyday doings of ordinary folk.

Just in the past day, through this website, help has come from people thousands of miles away, across the ocean, to the citizens of Albuquerque. Jinlian Tu donated 70 surgical masks (Ningbo, China), Mao Li donated 2000 masks (Shanghai, China), and Shenzhen Baofengtong Electrical Appliances Manufacturing Co, Ltd donated 1050 masks (Shenzhen, China). Though the prices of these masks may not be high, the shipping through Express Mail has made the costs skyrocket because there are so few planes flying between countries right now. Yet these donations, no matter how many or how expensive, were made by ordinary people, just like you and me, trying to make someone else’s day just a little bit better. Governments and politics between towns, cities, and countries may clash, but the hearts of people are still true, no matter the color of skin or the type of culture. This is a hard time for everyone around the globe, but remember, there are 7 billion beating hearts out there, helping, trying, striving, for a better tomorrow hand in hand with you.

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Tesla and Ford Are Making Ventilators Instead of Cars

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Huge privately owned companies are now joining in the cause to help decrease coronavirus deaths. Ventilators are in short supply around the world as people fall to the respiratory disease, pushing companies to put their factories into good use. Tesla and Ford are modifying parts of their cars such as the air filters to churn out as many respirators as they can in this difficult time. It doesn’t happen often when the whole world pauses to face a problem, but when it does, we all unite as one.

Check out more at: https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/24/21192282/ford-tesla-gm-elon-musk-coronavirus-masks-ventilators-pandemic

and https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/25/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-new-york-gigafactory-will-reopen-for-ventilator-production/

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Pollution Decrease due to Coronavirus

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As less and less people spend their spring breaks vacationing in far off places and more and more people stay within the comforts of their own home, CO2 and air pollution levels have decreased immensely. Major centers of emissions have closed down due to the spread of the virus, and places such as China and Italy have reduced emissions to a record low. According to BBC, by May, CO2 emission levels might be “the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago”

Check out more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51944780


McGrath, Matt. “Coronavirus: Air Pollution and CO2 Fall Rapidly as Virus Spreads.” BBC News, BBC, 19 Mar. 2020, http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51944780.

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Gifted Sports Announcer with Nothing to Do Except Comment on Everyday life

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A once rugby commentator, Nick Heath, is announcing the everyday actions of ordinary citizens in his London neighborhood with a dramatic, hilarious, and positive twist in the light of the quarantine.

He posts on Twitter with hilarious captions such as:

Go take a look at his comical look at life in a hard time. Don’t forget to laugh a little every day!

Check out more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/world/europe/coronavirus-nick-heath-rugby.html

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