By Lyonel Doherty
Believe it or not, there’s a lot of good news surrounding the coronavirus.
Not many media outlets are reporting anything positive, but the fact is thousands of people have recovered from COVID-19.
And many of the symptoms (in 80 per cent of the cases) are mild.
Tom Hanks and his wife have the virus in Australia and are reportedly doing okay, taking it one day at a time.
The coronavirus appears to be shying away from infecting children because only a small percentage of youth have the illness.
Furthermore, a group of Canadian scientists claim they have isolated the virus to better research and fight it.
And many biotech companies are racing to produce a vaccine; one firm in Canada hopes to start testing its potential vaccine on humans this summer.
Meanwhile, most people with the virus are isolating themselves to prevent the spread. And countless major public events in North America have been cancelled out of an abundance of caution.
Millions of people have no choice but to curtail their travel plans abroad, and there are strict measures at border crossings to protect our health and well-being.
The coronavirus may very well boost regional tourism as residents choose local “staycations.”
Another good thing about the virus is that it’s not invincible; it can be inactivated with proper cleaning and hygiene.
Canada is spending $82 billion to combat the spread, and there are reportedly fewer new cases in China.
The fact is COVID-19 is bringing families closer together during this time of crisis, refusing to suffer from a pandemic of fear.
One could argue that our lives are slowing down because of the virus, allowing us to take stock of what is really important. We don’t have to buy tickets to that major event and fight traffic to get there. Just chill out at home with zero stress over parking.
Spring break is here. The flowers will soon be blooming and the birds are chirping. And summer will come rushing around the corner like an excited child with a new toy.
Like other pandemics, this virus will come and go. We will beat it like we did the others and come out stronger at the end of the bell.