All the positive coronavirus news you probably missed

We’ve rounded the most uplifting COVID-19 stories and initiatives from the past week. Because we all need a little bit of a break from the doom and gloom, don’t we?

by Roisin Lanigan
04 May 2020, 1:50pm

Another week of lockdown over, another ?????? to go, eh! By now, you’re probably getting sick and tired of staying inside and sick and tired of horrible news stories and sick and tired of being scared and anxious and missing your family and friends. We get it. It’s horrible out there. But there are still glimmers of hope in the hellfire. We’ve been keeping a close eye on everything to be cautiously optimistic about, and we’re here to share the good news with you all.

So close Twitter for a second and read this instead. Here are all the good things about coronavirus that you may have missed this week -- it just might help you get through the day. Stay safe and stay inside!

TikTok have launched in-app donations
If, like us, you’re spending most of your time in quarantine endlessly scrolling through TikTok’s “For You” page, now you can at least put your hours on the app to good use. This week the video sharing platform rolled out the ability to donate to charities fighting against COVID-19 without leaving the app itself. The feature comes through the use of “donation stickers”, clickable buttons that can be embedded in videos and live streams, encouraging users to donate to the British Red Cross, Help Musicians UK and other charities across the world. In a statement TikTok said they’d deliberately chosen to partner with organisations which support vulnerable groups and those most affected by the health and economic damage caused by the pandemic. Even better news, the company is going to match all donations made through TikTok until 27 May. Get clicking.

New Zealand reports 0 new Coronavirus cases for the first time
While coronavirus outbreaks are still occurring at a rapid pace in the UK and US, it’s comforting to look to other countries which are beginning to show signs of normality as they come out the other side. Along with a death rate that is finally beginning to plummet in Italy, and Spain relaxing their strict lockdown after passing the peak of their epidemic, there’s now good news from New Zealand too. Today (Monday), the Kiwis reported zero new cases or deaths for the first time since the beginning of the country’s public health emergency. While politicians are urging New Zealand citizens to stay vigilant as they’re not out of the woods yet, it’s still a hugely positive sign that parts of the world are beginning to come through the worst of the outbreak!

Art Partner have launched an initiative to create sustainable face masks
As PPE shortages continue worldwide, Art Partner are teaming up with sustainable gifting company UpWrap to mobilise a volunteer effort to make and distribute fabric face masks among at-risk communities in response to COVID-19. The initiative has enlisted brands such as Peter Pilotti, Mary Katrantzou, and Rokh to help out, while many others including Isabel Marant, Simone Rocha and Sunspel have donated textiles for the cause. They are now calling on anyone with a sewing machine -- students, designers, grandmothers -- to help make masks that will be donated directly to charities and organisations in need of personal protective equipment.

2 Chainz is donating meals to the homeless instead of reopening his Atlanta restaurant
If the pandemic is doing one thing it’s letting us know which CEOs, billionaires, and celebrity business owners we can trust. As many richos hole up in their Parasite-esque meansions, 2 Chainz is doing what’s right. Instead of reopening his Atlanta restaurant the rapper instead decided to head out into the community and donate meals directly to the homeless and those in need instead. He donated over 100 meals within the city. We stan.

And David Icke, the man behind coronavirus 5G conspiracy, got banned from YouTube for sharing misinformation
Good riddance bitch. Hopefully this will get your dad to stop sharing conspiracy theories on the family WhatsApp.