By Marissa Yefsky
In times like these, it can be hard to remember all the good in the world amidst all the negative news circulating. Our news channels have been clogged with the latest from President Trump, our Governors, and health care workers telling us what they’re advising to keep us healthy. Good news has lacked coverage in the media, so I’ve found good news that will help brighten up your quarantine.
Air Pollution in China has decreased
The air pollution in China is down significantly. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, China has shut down many factories which largely contributes to their air pollution. As you can see on the map below, air quality has improved in most regions of the country. According to the Centre for International Climate Research, the impact of this will be felt around the world.
Southeastern Grocers provided a designated hour for heath care workers and first responders in which they were surprised at the checkout with free groceries. These individuals are risking their own health to take care of their patients that need them. This video is one that will make you even more grateful than you were before for our local heroes.
“Backpacks For The Street”
For the last two years, there has been a wonderful group of New Yorkers that have been providing essentials to the city’s homeless population. The group, “Backpacks For The Street”, is a nonprofit that packs bags with food, water, and toiletries and delivers them to individuals living on the streets in NYC. Since the outbreak, this group has been working around the clock to add masks, gloves, disinfectant and more to these bags. This group is saving more lives than they know and deserve recognition for their amazing work in their community.
As you can see in the pictures above, wildlife native to their respective areas are appearing all over the city. In Wales, goats are roaming the streets. Buffalo walk highways in India. While this may not seem like a good thing, it actually benefits the public greatly. Research suggests that Wildlife markets have been linked to SARS and Covid-19. China has now banned the consumption of all wild animals, which is a major step considering their involvement in the global wildlife trade.