A Little Positivity: To Brighten Your Day, Week And Month!
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this pandemic sucks big time and if you’re anything like me, you’re overwhelmed with the horrifying statistics and negative news that surrounds this whole thing.
So we’re focusing on the good news today. As Fred Rogers famously said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” And he’s right, throughout all this devastation and chaos, there are people helping and trying to make the situation better in any way that they can.
1. Peterborough City Council Procures Translation Videos to Keep Communities Safe in Coronavirus Pandemic
Both Peterborough City and Cambridgeshire County Councils in the UK have released videos in almost 30 languages (with more to come) to help everyone in the community understand that staying home means saving lives.
"‘Working with our diverse communities to make sure they understand the very important ‘stay at home’ message is a critical part of our work at the moment,’ said Superintendent Laura Hunt, ‘…our policing style is built on consent and having a positive relationship with the community… so the translation videos produced by the city and county council will prove very useful for police officers when they come across people who struggle to understand the messages in English.'"
2. College Student Makes Masks for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Ashley Lawrence, a University student studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing has put all her newly found spare time to good use. The 21-year-old, along with her mother, is making face masks that allow the deaf and hard of hearing to still be able to use facial expressions when speaking ASL (American Sign Language). Being able to see and use facial expressions when communicating is extremely important in ASL and an extremely difficult thing to do if half of your face is covered due to a mask.
So, using her and her mum’s craftiness to good use, they have created masks with plastic windows that allow the users mouth to be seen.
"‘I felt like there was a huge population that was being looked over,” Lawrence said. ‘We’re all panicking right now and so a lot of people are just not being thought of. So, I felt like it was very important that, even at a time like this, people need to have that communication.'"
3. How AI Can Determine Which Coronavirus Patients Require Hospitalisation
A leading healthcare company in the US, Jvion is developing an AI project which is undertaking data to better understand how patients will or won’t react to treatment for COVID-19. The aim is to be able to determine which patients will need to be hospitalized and who can stay at home to safely recover. This will in turn could reduce the capacity of patients in hospitals and give the overworked nurses and doctors a little relief.
“Jvion’s approach helps [to] determine individual risk levels while using minimal or no clinical data and using limited patient-level information that doesn’t require special medical equipment. This will make it possible to leverage the AI to study large populations and determine high-risk patients without flooding medical centers."
4. Student’s COVID-19 Explainer Video Becomes an Educational Tool in Thailand
Another student made our list, doing incredible work this time to give accurate information to those in her home country of Thailand. Jessie Kanacharoen first created a YouTube video to inform her friends and family about the risks of COVID-19 and to encourage them to stay at home as much as possible.
Jessie was aware that a lot of people she knew in Thailand were not being given the correct information regarding the virus and so she produced a video with Thai subtitles, to make it easy for them to understand.
“In just seven minutes, “The Real Deal on Covid-19” explains, in simple language, many of the most pressing questions people have about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, including what the pandemic designation means, how the disease is transmitted, what its symptoms are, how it affects the elderly and immunocompromised, what it means to be an asymptomatic carrier, and the effectiveness of social distancing techniques at slowing the spread."
The video was a viral hit and was soon shared by the Thai Medical Society, it was shown on Thai television and was translated into local Thai dialects so that the information was even more readily available for those who need it.
5. Global Cleveland Working to Provide Language Access During COVID-19 Pandemic
Global Cleveland has been working tirelessly with translators to ensure that the city’s lifesaving approaches to combating the Coronavirus are being communicated correctly to everyone, no matter their level of ability in understanding English.
Global Cleveland President, Joe Cimperman believes this is a vital process, ("‘We immediately started translating the governor’s top five points every day into six, then eight and 15, now to 30 languages, he said, ‘We’re still one of the larger producers of the Spanish language translation and so we’re going to continue doing that. We’re also translating into Farsi and Arabic into Hindi and translated into Slovak, into Lithuanian, German and French.")
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