Op-Ed by Brit Smith
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's been a long week of coronavirus-related news. Thousands of people are now stuck at home as the number of confirmed cases continues to climb, and closures and cancelations become the norm across the country.
Unfortunately, information about the virus may inundate the news for several weeks to come. At WBZ NewsRadio, we understand how much your newsfeed can impact your mental health.
That's why every weekend we will be putting together an article full of uplifting news stories from the week before, some of which might even have absolutely nothing to do with COVID-19. Enjoy!
This Week In Good News....
Disney Is Speeding Up Streaming
Disney knows what's coming in the weeks ahead - plenty of days on the couch watching movies with the family.
Luckily, the media giant's streaming service Disney+ is kicking it up a notch and bringing you Frozen 2 sooner than expected.
Athletes Got Philanthropic
With the closure of sports stadiums across the world, thousands of arena workers are looking at a serious dip in income.
That's why NBA Cavelier's star Kevin Love has pledged $100,000 to help fund the Cleveland arena and its staff while the league is on a break.
A Mass. Selectman Got A Veterans' Bills Moving In D.C.
One of the bills that passed out of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee this week was led by Uxbridge Selectman, Stephen Mandile. He's been advocating on Capitol Hill all week, alongside 20 other veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, to pass H.R. 712 out of Committee, and they succeeded.
The bipartisan bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a clinical trial of the effects of medical-grade cannabis on the health outcomes of veterans diagnosed with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.)
Communities Know Caring Is Sharing
That's why this couple, who own a corner store in rural Scotland, decided to put together free COVID-19 survival kits for senior and unwell people in their community.
The bags include hand sanitizer, hand wipes, and a face mask. They're even doing free deliveries.
The Second Person Ever Was Cured Of HIV
A man in London who was previously HIV-Positive has become the second person in the world to test negative for the virus 30 months he finished a new anti-retroviral treatment.
He was eventually cured by a stem-cell treatment that he was receiving for a cancer he also had.
Chick-Fil-A Heard You Loud And Clear
The fast food chain has made the idea of swarming the grocery stores slightly more bearable this week, by announcing it would start selling its famed Chick-Fil-A sauce in bottles.
Now we have something to look forward to in April!
And Possibly The Best News Of The Week....
Yep - Apple Is Said To Be Testing A Feature That Would Un-Send Text Messages
It's the cringe-antidote we've all been dreaming of; this week rumors started leaking that Apple is trying out a new iMessage feature that would retract a sent text message. Think of the possibilities; that 'I love you' text that you accidentally sent to your boss could be undone with the tap of a screen!
As part of the feature, both the sender and the recipient would be notified that a message has been deleted via some fine print on the text screen, much like WhatsApp. It's not clear whether there would be a time limit to un-send a text, like there is with un-sending an email from a Gmail account.
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