Our world is undoubtedly filled with chaos at the moment. With all minds on social isolation, everyone is wondering about what corona means for the future, for our health Whether there’s uncertainty with work, school, or milestones up in the air, everyone is fighting their own battle. Sometimes opening the news can be daunting and overwhelming with death tolls rising and hearing about what feels like a world thrown into a blender of unknowns. Still, there is always light, hope, and happiness, we just have to look for it. So, without further ado, here are 5 incredible things happening in the world RIGHT NOW!
The Second Person Ever Has Been Cured of HIV
On March 9th, the New York Times reported that Adam Castillejo is just the second person to ever be cured of HIV. Castillejo has been living with the virus for most of his adult life and was later diagnosed with cancer. In hopes of strengthening his immune system to fight the cancer cells, doctors gave Castillejo a bone marrow transplant. To everyone’s incredible excitement and joy, the marrow had a mutation that blocks HIV from entering his cells. Today, Adam is cancer and HIV free.
Volunteers in Memphis Repaired 20,000 N-95 Masks in One Weekend
Baptist Memorial Hospital employees in Memphis found countless cases of masks that were deemed unusable due to straps that had been dry-rotted. Stephanie Lepone and Ginna Rauls, two long time friends who had sewed together, took on this project by unifying their community. They ultimately ended up with 410 volunteers, trained through ZOOM tutorials, who worked through the whole weekend to get the hospital what they needed. These beautiful humans saw a need and came together to fill it.
Americans are Banding Together to Help our Four-Legged Friends
In these past few weeks, animal welfare organizations have seen a 93% increase in foster care placements. Shelters around the country have been using creative tactics like ZOOM meet and greets and virtual meetings to introduce the world to some new furry friends. From drive-in foster service to “Cuddle Shuttles”, Americans are creating space in their homes for new family members that can help brings some joy during this difficult time.
A New Magnetic Brain Treatment is Looking Promising in Treating Depression
A new technology entitled Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) has relieved depression for 90% of trial participants. SAINT is the first treatment to surpass thebarrier of a 55% remission rate underlining the incredible success and potential this new technology has. By using magnetic resonance imaging to strengthen connections between relevant regions of the brain, SAINT is creating a path of hope for the millions of people who suffer from depression.
John Krasinski is Hosting a Happy News Broadcast!
John Krasinski created a YouTube channel entitled “Some Good News”. In one video, fellow Office co-star Steve Carell is featured and in another, the Hamilton cast came together to do a ZOOM performance. Krasinski is spreading joy by creating this collection of videos solely focused on spreading joy and good news. If you are looking for some more positivity make sure to stay tuned to his channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug
Spread empathy and kindness in any way you can! The world is a beautiful place with beautiful stories. This innate human goodness will always win because we are truly all in this together.