Good news, gathered: Promising medical trials and 'distance dancing'

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

It's hard not to feel a sense of doom and gloom during the coronavirus crisis; with death tolls rising, fear spreading, and life looking completely unrecognisable to the way it did just weeks ago, it's a very weird time.

All this means that hearing good news is more important than ever before. Little sparkling gems of hope among the darkness now have the power to raise your whole mood, helping you to get through another day in lockdown. So every day, Cosmopolitan UK pledges to bring you some of the good news stories that may have been buried among all the sad stuff. Don't forget to come back each evening to get your fix of positivity with our Good News, Gathered series.

Today on the good news agenda:

Joe Wicks' PE is raising money for the NHS

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has been keeping the nation moving while on lockdown, hosting a 9am PE lesson every weekday for families who are homeschooling, and anyone else who wants to keep active. But his YouTube lessons aren't just benefitting the great British public, it seems. For every view his live broadcasts get, Wicks earns money through advertising from YouTube, and he's donating it to the NHS.

Taking to Instagram today, the personal trainer revealed he had raised a staggering £80,000 for the NHS in just over a week of doing his daily PE lessons. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the Body Coach said: "Every penny of every workout that we do from now and forever, all of the money is going to the NHS in the UK."

What an absolute champion. You can catch Joe's PE lessons here.



Promising medical trials into COVID-19 treatment begin in the UK

Trials on a drug that could help treat coronavirus is soon to begin on a small number of patients in England and Scotland. The studies have been fast-tracked by the government, and seek to discover whether existing drug remdesivir, which was considered in the SARS pandemic in 2002, might prove an effective means to treat COVID-19 patients.

Dr Andrew Ustianowski, a consultant in infectious diseases who is overseeing the trials, told the BBC: "What we really need, and what we really want, is a specific treatment against Coronavirus that delays the infection, treats the infection, and hopefully makes people better. I think this drug is promising in the laboratory, and we're hopeful it will be as promising in humans."

We'll keep our fingers crossed.

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Socially distant dancing

If there's one thing that will make you feel instantly better during an otherwise-depressing lockdown, it's dancing. Put on some upbeat music, pump it loud, and just dance. One street in the north west of the country found so much pleasure in dancing, they decided to make it a daily ritual and do it all together (from a safe distance).

Writer Elsa Williams posted a video on Twitter of her neighbours during their 11am dance meeting, and it's gone viral. "Socially distant dancing happens every day on our road at 11am during #lockdown," she explained. "It was only meant to be a one time thing, but it lifted people round here up a bit and they wanted more. It’s also worth noting that our road hardly spoke to each other before all this!" she added in a later tweet.

Right, who wants to rally their own neighbours?

And now, take a look back at what made us smile yesterday:

Social distancing is working!

It's hard, adjusting to this new kind of normal - but be assured, none of it is in vain. In yesterday's government press conference, the government’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said there had been a "dramatic reduction" in social contact since lockdown measures were put in place, which he predicted would have "a significant effect" on the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Keep staying in, and we can keep saving lives!

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Elderly love survives across a closed border

If this doesn't warm your heart, nothing will. Elderly couple Inga Rasmussen, 85, and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, first met two years ago, and had seen one another every day for the past year. But in these times of lockdown, there's been a problem: Inga is from Denmark, while Karsten is from Germany. Now the countries' borders have been shut, the couple is no longer allowed to cross into the other territory to meet.

Not to be put off, Inga and Karsten have made do the best way they can: by meeting at the border crossing where they can sit, safely distant, while they talk and share a cheeky tipple. The mayor of the local town, Tonder, made the fond discovery while cycling past one day, and shared the romantic story on Facebook. All together now: ahhh.



A half-marathon runner who wouldn't be deterred

Nearly all plans have had to be scrapped thanks to coronavirus, including sponsored charity runs. 27-year-old Londoner Sam Hustler was one of those affected by just that; he had planned to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon, which would have taken place on Sunday. But with the event being cancelled, and determined not to lose the funds he'd raised for Haven House Children's Hospice, Sam decided to press on ahead as best he could.

On 29 March, what would have been the day of the half marathon, Sam completed the entire distance - on his balcony. He ran the full 13k in "laps" of his flat terrace (it was an admirable 5,000 times up and down) and even received a homemade medal as a reward. Oh, and he's raised almost four times his target - almost reaching £2,000 - for the hospice. It's this kind of strength and determination we want to hear more of - well done, Sam!

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