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April 23 | The Jammin' 1057 Good News Network

Paco Lopez tells us about Earth's improved air quality, the race to a COVID-19 vaccine and a tree that gives away free medical masks! If you have some local ...

NO MORE WAITING TO EXHALE

Some of the world cities with the worst air pollution on the planet are now breathing a sigh of relief.

It’s been an astounding return to health for the planet as I report, that right after Earth Day the globe is seeing cities with an increase in air quality (as well as environmental quality) since COVID 19 quarantines, of as much as a 60% drop in ten major global cities’ pollution.

Two of those cities include New York City and Los Angeles. In L.A. reports are that the air quality hasn’t been this good since 1995 and that it is currently one of the best in the world according to IQAir, as reported in The Mercury News.

Since L.A.’s quarantine order in mid-March, research has found that the state’s traffic has dropped off by approximately 80%, thus allowing the air a reprieve and hopefully giving the state a chance to heal itself (some).

Dr. Yifang Zhu, a professor of environmental health sciences at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health said, “With less cars on the road and less emissions coming from those tailpipes, it’s not surprising to see improvements in the air quality overall.”

Though it’s encouraging to see the Earth heal, we all have to come to grips that this is obviously only temporary. Once the quarantines are lifted across the country and people return to work, traffic will resume and so will the emissions from all the vehicles.

However, for now…breathe in…and now…breathe out….feel that?! It’s clean air…But, don’t hold your breath.

 

THE RACE TO THE VACCINE FINISH LINE

With so many countries racing to find a COVID-19 vaccine, the Brits have poured nearly 50 million dollars into the project. This money has gone to two teams the government is compensating for discovering the miracle pill to make this just go away!

Both teams, one from Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, and the other from Imperial College in London hope to create antibodies in the human immune system that could battle this life threatening Sars-Cov-2 type infection before introducing the virus to anyone to encounter it.

This is the World’s Largest drug trail and they hope to have results to their research as soon as a few weeks. This study includes 5,000 patients in 165 Brittish hospitals.

In charge of the project at Oxford University is Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health.

He already has a history of studying infectious diseases and viruses as he worked on projects in Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the Ebola drug trials.

“We’re guessing that sometime in June we may get the results.” said Professor. Horby. Though he said, there may be no “magic bullet,” he continued that, “if it is really clear that there are benefits, an answer will be available quicker.”

Let’s hope for the latter!

Fingers crossed.

 

THE FREE TREE MASK TREE

In the small city of Lisbon, Iowa…with a population of just over 2,100 people according to the last census, we have found a tree that’s growing masks.

Actually it’s a tree that sits on Deb Siggins property. Deb is a very nice, and considerate lady who’s been sewing masks to give to people during the COVID -19 pandemic. Now she’s just placing them on her tree and the town’s people can just come by and take what they need.

The 55 year old Siggins began making the masks when the local hospital began to run out of them. She originally started putting them together for front line medical personnel who needed the protection at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in her local area.

Originally, her goal was to create 100 masks for the medical staff at the hospital, but then her family and friends asked her for masks, and she threw her sewing machine into high to keep up with the demand.

See Deb has a soft spot in her heart because she herself works for a doctor’s office and her empathy has now taken her to the latest count of over 400 masks made…thus far.

Once the quarantine was put in place, she realized that she couldn’t personally hand them to anyone without violating social distancing guidelines, so she began to place them on her tree.

She has already made masks for a multitude of front line personnel, including firefighters, EMS employees, first responders of all types, and grocery store workers.

Siggins told Good Morning America, “It was really cool to see people driving up, grabbing a mask and leaving … It’s been a hit. I’m a giver, not a taker, so I feel really good.”

Sometimes heroes wear masks…sometimes they make them…Thank you Deb!

And THAT’S your Good News You Can Use Today!

Now, Stay home, Stay Safe, Wash Your Hands, and STAY POSITIVE!