During this global crisis, we're stuck at home and we're constantly bombarded with (heart)breaking news. It's coming at us from all angles, no matter where we are. It's in our daily lives, on the news, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit - every aspect of our life is flooded with the constant reminder that we're in the middle of a pandemic, and sh*t can hit the fan real quick.
Now more than ever it's important to practice self care. Eating healthy, staying active, socializing with friends and loves ones online. It's also important to be aware and take care of your mental health. One great way to do that (aside from meditation, journaling, being creative, etc) is to balance out your media consumption with some positive news :)
Share these silver linings with your friends, family, and loved ones to spread positivity in a time of struggle.
I segmented this post, one section for my local (Seattle) community and one for the rest of the country and world:
Local - Washington State
Starting April 4th, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Seattle will not be charging street parking for residents during the stay-at-home period. This is meant to support residents and businesses, who reported getting tickets during the stay-at-home period. City Councilmember, Dan Strauss says, “We should not be nickel and diming Seattleites during this emergency.”
Events all around Seattle have been cancelled but Dance Church has gone digital, offering live streaming dance parties for all!
Outdoor Research is producing personal protective equipment (PPE). In response to the COVID-19 medical crisis, Seattle-based outdoor equipment company, Outdoor Research is converting their factory and training their staff to produce equipment such as surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, and fabric face masks. They are well on their way to producing upwards of 200,000 masks per day.
Jenny Durkan's office released a map highlighting Seattle local businesses that off takeout and delivery. " Here's a link to the map. City staffers have been working with local businesses and community members to populate the map. If you know a restaurant, bar, cafe, and/or brewery owner, have them email firstname.lastname@example.org so they can add their business to the map.
Seattle-Local business owner Olga Sagan created a platform for small businesses. It's a free site called "Catch22Delivery," designed to help small businesses deliver food to the Seattle community, it's growing by the minute.
Vulcan Real Estate is not collecting rent for small businesses and nonprofits in April.
Glass Distillery in SODO and Bob's Liquors in Lake City are offering free hand cleaner to the public. Made with aloe vera gel and 95% ethanol, it's not meant to be a substitute for washing your hands, but it's great to use if you're in a pinch and don't have access to a sink or sanitizer. You can't drink it, but you can clean your hands with it!
Filipino dessert specialist Hood Famous, offers local delivery of yummy Filipino desserts like ube cookies, whole buko pies, mini cheesecakes, whole-roasted coffee bags, and more.
United States & Beyond
According to the World Health Organization, out of 80,000 people enduring COVID-19 in China, 70% recovered!
NYC landlord, Mario Salerno is waiving his rent for his 200-300 tenants in response to tenants having a hard time getting by during the coronavirus pandemic. "I want everybody to be healthy" he told NBC New York.
In Australia, rescued Koalas are starting to be released back into the wild. The Australian bushfire season officially ended on March 31st and rescuers have started releasing rescued animals back into the wild. "This is a heart-warming day for us - to be able to release so many of our koalas back to their original habitats, even to their original tree in some cases - makes us very happy," says Port Macquarie Koala Hospital representative.
Air gets cleaner in India. For the first time in 30 years, the Dhauladhar mountain range, part of the Himalayan range in Himachal Pradesh, became visible as a result in the dip in toxic emission levels.
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