Points of Light During Covid-19
2 beautiful stories have happened regarding the pandemic and the Navajo and Hopi Nations.
For some background, these Indian tribes have been hit terribly hard during this pandemic. Few have access to running water or decent health care and the virus is sweeping through their communities. In the best of times, these communities are suffering. The Navajo Nation spans over 3 states,Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and the nearest hospitals can be hours away.
Story #1 involves the nurses who stood against with arms crossed against the idiot AZ protestors who, spat, coughed on and taunted the,. The nurses have raised over $70,000 for the Navajo Nation.
Story #2 is incredible. Ireland is my new favorite country. This is the best story!!!
It involves the gift of $170 sent by the Choctaw Nation to Ireland during the Great Potato famine.
In 1847, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma sent $170 to Ireland during the Great Famine — a time of mass starvation on the island. More than 170 years later, Ireland has returned the favor, helping to raise more than $2 million for the Navajo and Hopi nations, which have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Donors said they felt like it was a chance to pay the good deed forward.
“I saw that Irish people were starting to donate and share the story of Choctaw Nation and the historical symmetry really affected me," said Paul Hayes, a native of Tipperary, Ireland, who runs Beachhut, a technology public relations firm said in an email. "Sending the actual amount of $170 personally after 170 or so years felt like the right tribute across the ages."
The Navajo Nation reported more than 2,700 coronavirus cases and 70 deaths as of Monday, a rate of infection that makes it one of the worst outbreaks in the United States. During a visit to Arizona on Tuesday President Trump said the Navajo Nation would receive $600 million in federal funding.
The sentiment runs deep in Ireland where the memory of the Great Potato Famine — which claimed more than one million lives by the time it ended in 1852 — endures to this day. And that’s why strangers were inspired to make a symbolic gesture of goodwill toward people living across an ocean, 5,000 miles away. The donations sent on GoFundMe include messages of hope and gratitude from people in Ireland.
"The care shown generations ago was not and will not be forgotten," said Jonathan Legge, CEO of &Open, a bespoke gift-giving company based in Dublin.
“An overdue debt repaid on behalf of our ancestors to your ancestors. Stay strong,” read a note attached to one $30 donation.
its been a few days since I've posted. I needed a break from the stress. I did want to mention this-something I read today. A while back, I had mentioned that there is something in people's biochemistry that is triggering the severe covid cases when people in the same risk group, aesthetically, get minimal or no symptoms and that scientists should figure it out soon. Here is a link to what they have found recently regarding this.
Hey welcome to the future in restaurants: Maryland restaurant promotes social distancing with inflatable inner tubes. Everyone gets their own table in this outdoor restaurant. https://news.yahoo.com/maryland-restaurant-promotes-social-distancing-151001302.html
Thank you for that - made me laugh. I found myself feeling for the little Asian gal, because that would be me, she had trouble navigating her drink and the innertube along with the uneven floor!
@jeanne-mayell -- that's great!
Here is another creative way to handle social distancing at restaurants. The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia has reopened their restaurant at 50% capacity. So instead of letting tables sit vacant, they've outfitted the dining rooms with mannequins dressed in 1940-era garb. The servers have also been instructed to pour the mannequins wine and ask them about their evening.
I love the whimsy of it!
It turns out that the melon head guys ^ were at the store to steal beer. But at least they were doing social distancing, and had their faces covered, so, in a way, they were being more considerate than some of the other customers.
One of the guys has been captured already. Police are on the lookout for the other Watermelon-head.
2 French children who were on lockdown discovered 2 gold bars worth around 100,00 dollars. They were searching for materials in the house to build a fort when they found the "lost" bars wrapped in a sheet.
@lovendures. That is such a great story. There are so many treasures in our world that are right under our nose if we just settle down. I checked the original story and the family was quarantining in the father's grandparents' house that they had not cleaned out since their deaths.
A few years back, some young people found thousands stuffed into an old couch they bought at a garage sale. In our a caregiver found $20,000 hidden in a hollowed out book left at the town dump's book drop. All treasures tucked away for a rainy day that were never needed by those who saved them, waiting to be found.
Has anyone else heard about the teenager in India who bicycled 1200 km to her home village with her injured father in tow after India imposed its lockdown? Her father was a migrant laborer and fractured his leg on the job in January, so he couldn't walk home like so many Indians are currently doing. The whole story has the making of a Slumdog Millionaire-esque plot line.
The Lancet published a vaccine trial yesterday that is a little promising, but still too early to tell how it will do on larger populations and over time. They have to do more tests are larger groups. It was done in Wuhan. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31208-3/fulltext
For those who haven't seen this, Gov. Cuomo has been running a contest inviting New Yorkers to submit a 30 second PSA encouraging people to wear masks. Attached below are the finalists. You can also see some of the honorable mentions, contained within the text of this article.