It is safe to say that the world collectively, has been panic-stricken in response to any and everything coronavirus-related. With so much news of doom and gloom and paranoia looming over our heads like a dark cloud, you may be happy to know that there is in fact a silver lining in all this after all. Though grossly under-reported in comparison to the surplus of bad news readily available around the clock, there is reassurance in the fact that there have also been many stories of recovery from the notorious coronavirus. This should undoubtedly serve as a beacon of hope to those who are afraid or concerned and ultimately to the world in general . Even in the midst of the storm at hand, you can still look on the bright side. Read on to learn of real-time statistics that will stop your anxiety in its tracks.
As recent as Friday, April 20, according to worldometer, a site that provides live updates of “COVID-19 global data for governments and institutions around the world”, recoveries from the novel coronavirus have sky-rocketed. Reportedly, there is a total of 1,696,815 cases of coronavirus worldwide. Of that number, there have been a total of 102,616 losses yet 375,960 recoveries to date. This means that the recovery rate is more than double the rate of reported deaths, but you may not know that by looking at the news. Please refer to my other article, Staying Calm In Crisis: 5 Ways to Remain Stress-free Amid Coronavirus Concerns, to learn why and when too much news-watching can negatively affect your mental health.
In late March, an 86-year-old woman by the name of Gianna, according to ABC News, made a full recovery from the coronavirus after reportedly being hospitalized for seven weeks. She was among those considered to be at the highest risk of contracting the deadly, contagious virus per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Their criteria for being apart of the at-risk group include age, specifically those 65 years or older, and especially with underlying health conditions. No reports state whether or not the woman in question had any such conditions aside from the virus. People who fall in these categories are not expected to be able to fight the virus as well as their younger counter-parts and are often not even expected to survive. Well, with the odds stacked against her, Mrs. Gianna surpassed expectations and proved victorious against the big, bad coronavirus depositing a sense of hope to others simultaneously.
Still need more hope and positivity? Well, here you go. Even more remarkably, in Oregon, Bill Lapschies, a 104-year-old man who lived through WWII, and survived the Spanish Flu pandemic as well, has also amazingly beat COVID-19, the Daily Mail reports. Believed to be the oldest coronavirus survivor in the world, he officially celebrated his 104th birthday on April. 1, of this year. His family came to visit and celebrate him while still implementing social distancing.
When spotted sitting outside the vteran care-home facility where he resides, he could be seen in his WWII cap and protective face mask. While being interviewed, his grand-daughter asks him how he recovered. Light-heartedly and taking it all in stride, he responds, ‘I don’t know, It just went away. Sit out here and you can get rid of anything.’ Amazingly, there are many more instances where elderly patients have impressivley recovered from the coronavirus.
I hope this article achieved my goal of reminding the public that positive news still exists and that there needs to be more of it. Stay safe out there and stay optimistic. Attitudes and energy are contagious not just the coronavirus, so spread that instead.