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There’s been a lot of heartbreaking news all around regarding the fight against COVID-19 and our efforts to keep it at bay. Stories of families losing loved ones, hardship, and difficulties in the system have been flooding social media for weeks now. It becomes unbearable sometimes to even turn on your phone to keep updated because of all the stories we see.
However, there are still bits of good news cropping up now and then. And while it may not always overpower the bad news we see, these stories can still warm the heart and inspire some hope.
Here’s some of the good news we’ve been seeing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
A potential vaccine is being tested by Jennifer Haller and 44 other people
Today, Jennifer Haller, a healthy mother of two, became the first person in history to test a potential vaccine for COVID-19. We owe her and 44 other people stepping up for human trials a debt of gratitude – may their bravery save many lives. pic.twitter.com/eF2StcxHlQ
— leapsmag (@leapsmag) March 17, 2020
UP students and alumni have started designing sanitation tents for hospital entrances, public transpo, etc. for free
Ayala to continue paying their workers, prepare PHP 2.4B emergency response package
McDo Quezon Ave. giving out free food to volunteers
Bayanihan spirit is alive and well🇵🇭
Thank you, McDo Quezon Ave Edsa for giving our volunteers free food😘 pic.twitter.com/go4o8VUSTM
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) March 18, 2020
Pasig City gov’t has set up mobile kitchens to feed frontliners
Free shuttle service for health workers
[A] Sa lahat ng mga nag-aabang: Narito ang impormasyon tungkol sa routes ng free shuttle service ng Office ni VP Leni Robredo for health workers bukas, March 18.
Round trips will start 6AM, 11AM, and 4PM for all routes from the starting station. pic.twitter.com/WXhTH6jR6E
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) March 17, 2020
Citizens helping each other out–like this security guard (Nicko Gloriana) giving out free alcohol to people passing by
Bela Padilla raised over 1 million pesos to aid street vendors and those affected by the lockdown
WE RAISED NEARLY 1.4M PESOS. FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF AND GIVE YOURSELF A HIGH FIVE IN THE MIRROR! IM PROUD OF ALL OF US ❤️🙏🏻😘
— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 17, 2020
Zark’s Burger gave out free food to health workers
Isang sikat na burger joint, nagbigay ng libreng pagkain para sa mga ‘front liners’ sa ilang ospital sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19 | @dzrhnews
— Christian Maño (@xtian_mano) March 15, 2020
Donation drives are working tirelessly to aid those who need help
LET'S COMPILE DONATION DRIVES!!!
— Flynn Driver #MassTestingNow! (@s0rbetero) March 16, 2020
Groups are being created to transport health workers to hospitals
Hello po, we just started a page of car owners who are willing to transport health practitioners to and from hospitals. It’s still a small group now pero hopefully magstart na po tomorrow. https://t.co/kf6rM88Z3a
— maze (@charmaineaurea) March 17, 2020
Twitter user AC Soriano and netizens raised over PHP 100,000 for different beneficiaries, including Lola Carlota, the woman who had to walk over 2 hours from Caloocan to Divisoria
again, ang beneficiaries natin ay:
— AC #MassTestingNowPH (@ItsACsLife) March 17, 2020
400,000 food packs, work from home, and ordinances against hoarding being implemented in Pasig
-pasig bus service
-work arrangement from home
-full salary to be given for employees
-400,000 food packs
-anti panic buying and hoarding ordinance
-mobile kitchen to serve for frontliners
Grabe naman po Vico Sotto. 😭 pic.twitter.com/lerXkDeC4h
— tine (@pcyfttin) March 18, 2020
Banks, telecoms, and electricity companies allowing for extensions in bill payment
— MERALCO (@meralco) March 16, 2020
Canadian researchers have been able to isolate the virus
GOOD NEWS. Researchers in Canada have isolated the COVID-19 virus.
— Complex (@Complex) March 13, 2020
Your pets cannot get COVID-19
A few people have asked me to share this good news for pet companions: the World Health Organisation say cats and dogs aren’t carriers of covid-19 so no need to interact with them any differently. https://t.co/ywfwHNowxg
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) March 17, 2020
Any other good stories you’d like to share? Let us know!