Thumbs up with positivity

Positive and inspiring news stories during the coronavirus crisis

Latest Update: 15 April 2020 @ 23:34 BST (GMT+1)

Like a lot of people right now I’ve been feeling the mental effects of anxiety and stress partly because I’ve read too many news stories that make this crisis seem like the end of the world (which it certainly isn’t, in fact once the pandemic is over there will be countless benefits I can foresee that will change the way we think).

That’s why I’m going to compile a list of positive news stories and inspiring posts or videos to help everyone feel a bit more secure in these uncertain times, hopefully I’ll update this list daily:

 

2020-04-15

Icelandic doctor says the country’s strategy to track spread of coronavirus can be used in UShttps://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/15/coronavirus-decode-genetics-kari-stefansson-on-icelands-lessons-for-us.html

 

2020-04-14

UK laboratory makes breakthrough in its Covid-19 antibody test developmenthttps://www.wigantoday.net/health/coronavirus/uk-laboratory-makes-breakthrough-its-covid-19-antibody-test-development-2538412

 

2020-04-09

Coronavirus: Vaccine hopes boosted as scientists find virus has ‘low shielding’https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-vaccine-hopes-boosted-as-scientists-find-virus-has-low-shielding-11970430

 

2020-04-07

Coronavirus: China reports no new COVID-19 deaths in last 24 hourshttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-china-reports-no-new-covid-19-deaths-in-last-24-hours-11969724

 

2020-04-06

Spain flattens the curve as country records smallest increase in cases since start of outbreakhttps://www.newsweek.com/spain-flattens-curve-coronavirus-1495711

 

2020-04-03

Coronavirus: New drug and vaccine show promise against COVID-19https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/04/coronavirus-new-drug-and-vaccine-show-promise-against-covid-19.html

British cigarette firm develops potential coronavirus vaccine in huge ‘breakthrough’https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-cigarette-firm-develops-potential-21797486

 

2020-04-02

Coronavirus: 90-minute COVID-19 test with 98.7% accuracy to be rolled out across UKhttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-90-minute-covid-19-test-with-98-7-accuracy-to-be-rolled-out-across-uk-11967401

 

2020-04-01

Coronavirus ‘is cornered and will burn out’ due to UK distancing measures, ex-WHO official sayshttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-is-cornered-and-will-burn-out-due-to-uk-distancing-measures-ex-who-official-says-11967018

2020-03-31

Synairgen doses first patients with COVID-19 drughttps://pharmaphorum.com/news/synairgen-doses-first-patients-with-covid-19-drug/

Colorado ski town will test everyone for coronavirushttps://www.livescience.com/colorado-ski-town-coronavirus-antibody-testing.html

 

2020-03-30

Coronavirus: Early signs outbreak ‘slowing’ in UK, says Imperial College professorhttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-early-signs-outbreak-slowing-in-uk-says-imperial-college-professor-11965624

 

2020-03-26

Dyson and Gtech answer UK call for ventilator design and production to support COVID-19 responsehttps://techcrunch.com/2020/03/26/dyson-and-gtech-answer-uk-call-for-ventilator-design-and-production-to-support-covid-19-response/

Italy’s new coronavirus cases are slowing. How soon will normal life return?https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/italy-coronavirus-cases/2020/03/26/0fffa6a2-6ec0-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html

 

2020-03-25

Coronavirus: ‘Game changer’ COVID-19 tests could be available in days, MPs toldhttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-game-changer-covid-19-tests-could-be-available-in-days-mps-told-11963509

UK researchers develop new low-cost, rapid COVID-19 test that could even be used at homehttps://techcrunch.com/2020/03/25/uk-researchers-develop-new-low-cost-rapid-covid-19-test-that-could-even-be-used-at-home/

The coronavirus isn’t mutating quickly, suggesting a vaccine would offer lasting protectionhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/health/the-coronavirus-isnt-mutating-quickly-suggesting-a-vaccine-would-offer-lasting-protection/2020/03/24/406522d6-6dfd-11ea-b148-e4ce3fbd85b5_story.html

 

2020-03-24

Nobel Prize winner shares some good news about the coronavirus pandemichttps://www.marketwatch.com/story/nobel-prize-winner-shares-some-good-news-about-the-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-03-23

 

2020-03-23

WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments – https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/who-launches-global-megatrial-four-most-promising-coronavirus-treatments

Coronavirus hope: China reports 4th day of no new local cases – could surveillance app work?https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18325574.coronavirus-hope-china-reports-4th-day-no-new-local-cases—surveillance-app-work/

 

2020-03-22

Coronavirus Slows in China With Zero Local Cases for 3rd Dayhttps://www.news18.com/news/world/coronavirus-slows-in-china-with-zero-local-coronavirus-cases-for-3rd-day-but-imported-infections-rise-2545133.html

 

2020-03-21

Covid-19: No new case in China for 2nd day – https://m.khaleejtimes.com/coronavirus-outbreak/covid-19-no-new-case-in-china-for-2nd-day – https://m.khaleejtimes.com/coronavirus-outbreak/covid-19-no-new-case-in-china-for-2nd-day

 

2020-03-20

Government to pay up to 80% of wages in coronavirus outbreak – https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/20/government-pay-wages-jobs-coronavirus-rishi-sunakhttps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/20/government-pay-wages-jobs-coronavirus-rishi-sunak

Wuhan reported no new coronavirus cases today for the first timehttps://www.technologyreview.com/s/615383/wuhan-reported-no-new-coronavirus-cases-today-for-the-first-time/

 

2020-03-19

How To See Germs Spread by Mark Rober (YouTuber and former NASA Engineer)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5-dI74zxPg

Coronavirus: New treatment for critically ill patients to begin trials as soon as next weekhttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-new-treatment-for-critically-ill-patients-to-begin-as-soon-as-next-week-11959914

 

2020-03-18

Delingpole: Studies Claim Malaria Drug Chloroquine Effective Against Coronavirushttps://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/18/malarial-drug-chloroquine-effective-against-coronavirus/

Coronavirus: Experiment in northern Italian town halts all new infections after trialhttps://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-experiment-in-northern-italian-town-halts-all-new-infections-after-trial-11959587

Why Singapore’s coronavirus response worked – and what we can all learnhttps://theconversation.com/why-singapores-coronavirus-response-worked-and-what-we-can-all-learn-134024

 

2020-03-17

Combination of two anti-HIV drugs proved crucial in Coronavirus treatmenthttps://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/combination-of-two-anti-hiv-drugs-proved-crucial-in-coronavirus-treatment-rajasthan-official/articleshow/74653762.cms

 

Sailing to the Isles of Scilly

It’s me! Matt Stone. It’s the summer and after a bumper year of vacations in 2017 (see video links below) we decided in 2018 to focus on paying off debts and saving for buying our first house, however when my parents invited us to go sailing during one of the nicest and sustained heatwaves we’ve ever had in the UK, I managed to convince Dianne we should go (she doesn’t enjoy being on boats!).

We sailed from the Helford River in Cornwall across the Celtic Sea to the Isles of Scilly, the most westerly point in England. We had 3 nights anchored in St Marys and Tresco and enjoyed exploring both of these beautiful islands that look less like England and more like the Caribbean.

Vacations from 2017:
London to Paris & CitizenM Room Review – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhnEhQoUi9s
Disneyland Resort Paris – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ipwIsC1gR4
Disneyland Anaheim in California – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1DTQZ25vA
California Route 66 Road Trip – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=girtVmd_dow
The City of Los Angeles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozZPIJAgyMI

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The locations were:

The English Channel – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Channel
Porthcressa, St. Marys and Tresco in the Isles of Scilly – https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/islands

The first track is Alive by Dyalla.

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The second track is Movin’ by Joakim Karud ft. Blue Wednesday

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The third track is Midnight by David Cutter

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Filmed with a Canon G1x Mk II/Gorillapod Hybrid.

The City of Los Angeles

It’s me! Matt Stone. It was our last full day in Los Angeles and we decided to see some local sights. We travelled to Griffith Park to hike up the hill to the world famous Griffith Observatory made famous by Hollywood movies and containing an amazing science museum and of course the observatory. We then went and met our friend James for lunch and ended up at Santa Monica beach and the Pier where my brother Morgan finally got to have a go on his skateboard.

On our trip to Los Angeles where we spent most of our time at Disneyland, Anaheim (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1DTQZ25vA), we also did a day trip into the California desert along Route 66 as far as we could drive in half a day (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=girtVmd_dow).

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The locations were:

Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA USA – https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, USA – http://griffithobservatory.org
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, USA – https://santamonicapier.org

The first track is Oh, My Life by Dyalla.

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Filmed with a Canon G1x Mk II/Gorillapod Hybrid.

California Route 66 Road Trip

It’s me! Matt Stone. Back in 2011 my wife Dianne and I went on an epic road trip across the United State of America, we started in Chicago and followed the old alignments of Historic Route 66 as far as Flagstaff, AZ (see our video of the trip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrPONHckPp8). We went up to Las Vegas followed by Los Angeles and San Francisco which meant we missed some of the best sections of Route 66 through western Arizona and almost all of California.

On our trip to Los Angeles where we spent most of our time at Disneyland, Anaheim (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1DTQZ25vA), we did a day trip into the California desert along Route 66 as far as we could drive in half a day.

We stopped off at the McDonalds museum in San Bernardino where we met the museum curator Jack Marcus, the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville where we had a personal tour of the museum from Lou, one of the volunteers who had many amazing stories about the collection and his own life growing up in the USA, with our final stop being Barstow and seeing the famous Harvey House and Train Station.

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The locations were:

First Original McDonalds Museum, San Bernardino, CA, USA – https://www.facebook.com/FirstOriginalMcdonaldsMuseum/
California Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA, USA – http://califrt66museum.org
Barstow Harvey House and Rail Depot, Barstow, CA, USA – http://www.barstowharveyhouse.com

The first track is Sunshine Flow by David Cutter.

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The second track is Fruit Punch by Jordyn Edmonds.

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Filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro and a Canon G1x Mk II/Gorillapod Hybrid. The hire car was a Chevrolet Camero Convertible.