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Issue #41: Covid Inspirational Stories

Rodney B. Murray
Aug 27 · 4 min read

Amidst the tragedy, there is also hope. ~Tane Hunter

Technology can’t solve everything. Yes, I said it. Of course, humans are behind the creation of great technology I’ve been covering in this NEWSletter. This time, however, I’m focusing on some truly inspirational stories of how ordinary people, not scientists or engineers, help support each other during the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis.

Compared to the rest of the world, the US has had the worst response to the Pandemic. It could be even worse without the efforts of immigrants, various religious groups, small businesses, and even single individuals.

In this issue, I cover six inspirational stories about how selfless people have helped others survive this Pandemic.


Workers Living in Mexico Helping California’s Pandemic Health Response

Over a thousand nurses, medical technicians, and support workers who live in the Mexican border towns of Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali staff emergency rooms, COVID-19 testing sites, dialysis centers and pharmacies.

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A Mexican healthcare working treats a Covid-19 patient at El Centro Regional Medical Center in El Centro, California.
Credit: REUTERS/Ariana Drehsler

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Chinese-Americans, Facing Abuse, Unite to Aid Hospitals in Coronavirus Battle

[S]mall groups from the Chinese-American community are uniting to fight the Pandemic in this country even as they face racist remarks and some physical attacks. … [T]hey are creating vast networks and rallying their contacts here and in China to procure supplies for doctors and nurses in need.

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Within a week, a Chinese-American community group in New Jersey raised more than $50,000 and procured thousands of masks for local medical workers.
Credit: Bryan Anselm/The New York Times

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In Ohio, the Amish Take On the Coronavirus

Almost overnight, a group of local industry, community and church leaders has mobilized to sustain Amish households by pivoting to work crafting thousands of face masks and shields, surgical gowns and protective garments from medical-grade materials. When those run scarce, they switch to using gaily printed quilting fabric and waterproof Tyvek house wrap.

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Workers assembling face shields at Berlin Gardens’ warehouse last week in Millersburg, Ohio.
Credit: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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Muslims Celebrate Ramadan by Donating Blood During Coronavirus Pandemic

Muslims have celebrated Ramadan by gathering at mosques for thousands of years, through both peace and war time, as well as during pandemics.

Now, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is partnering with the Red Cross to turn the mosques under their 62 U.S. chapters into blood donation centers.

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Mosques are transformed into blood donation centers. Credit: The Hill

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One Million Meals and Counting in New Orleans

In addition to supporting local restaurants, World Central Kitchen relies on a network of community organizations like Culture Aid NOLA, HandsOn, Crescentcity.com, and NOLA Tree Project, to distribute many of the delicious restaurant meals to those most in need.

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WCK’s team in New Orleans has been getting fresh, nourishing meals out to the community.
Credit: World Central Kitchen

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15-year-old Collects 12,000 Protective Masks for Hospital Staff

A high school freshman in Texas has collected 12,000 masks, with the help of family, friends and her community, for local health workers who continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. …

“It’s not just doctors and nurses who are helping … it’s everyone,” such as first responders and grocery store workers, she said. “It just taught me the importance of these people. … They’re sacrificing their health.”

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Valerie Xu collected PPE for the hospital staff because she was treated there as a third-grader and remembered how kindly she was treated.
Credit: Vivian Liu

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I can tell you that it brought tears to my eyes when reading some of these inspirational stories. If I was younger and not so vulnerable to Covid, I’d do more and volunteer my time to help others. For now, let’s all do our part until effective treatment and vaccines are available. Listen to the scientists, wear masks, and observe social distancing.

In future issues, I plan to highlight similar inspirational stories from around the world and even some environmental benefits of our new normal.

Thanks go to subscriber and friend, Dr. Bryan Alexander, for giving me a lead to a great source. Future Crunch is written by a group of scientists, artists, and designers who believe that “science and technology are the most powerful drivers of human progress.” Amen!

Optimistically yours,
Dr. Rod Murray

P.S. In case you missed it, you can read Covid Robotics and other back issues on The GOOD NEWSletter site on Medium.

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e-Learning executive, podcaster, pharmacologist, motorcyclist and militant optimist

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e-Learning executive, podcaster, pharmacologist, motorcyclist and militant optimist

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