The Response: 22nd – 29th May

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Corona Coverage

These Unsung Countries Are Vanquishing the Virus While success stories like Germany and South Korea are rightly hailed, some of the most effective responses are in countries that haven’t been making the news. (Reasons to be Cheerful)

Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll below 100 for first time since March 9 Thedecline in the daily number of deaths on Monday bucked a long-running trend which had seen fatalities fall on Sundays only to rise again the following day. (Wbur)

No new cases of Covid-19 in NZ, nobody in hospital with the coronavirus New Zealand does not have a single person in hospital with Covid-19, as the country marks five consecutive days without a new case. (RNZ)

Covid-19: France’s health workers to get ‘significant’ pay rises Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Monday that health workers would soon get hefty pay increases as part of an overhaul of France’s hospital system in response to thecoronavirus crisis. (France24)

Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren’t Infectious, Study Shows Researchers are finding evidence that patients who test positive for thecoronavirus after recovering aren’t capable of transmitting the infection, and could have the antibodies that prevent them from falling sick again. (Bloomberg)

Dutch donors join global effort on plasma treatment for coronavirus Medical researchers in the Netherlands have signed up 1,500 people who have recovered from the new coronavirus to donate blood as part of an international push to develop a treatment for the virus from their plasma. (Reuters)

New York state daily death toll drop below 100 Mr Cuomo announced on Friday that groups of up to 10 people could gather “for any lawful purpose” anywhere in the state, including New York City. (BBC)

Ireland records no new COVID-19 deaths as Varadkar hails ‘day of hope’  Thecountry is in the first part of a five-phase plan to ease its lockdown, with thefinal stage set for August. (Sky News)

Immune clue sparks treatment hope UK scientists are to begin testing a treatment that it is hoped could counter the effects of Covid-19 in the most seriously ill patients. (BBC)

Covid-19 saliva test to be trialled on 5,000 key workers A spit test for coronavirus is set to be trialled by the government on 5,000 police and army staff amid growing concern about the accuracy of invasive nasal swabs. (TheGuardian)

Going Green…

Vacuuming Plastic From The Ocean Vacuuming plastic from the ocean sounds oddly impossible, but Clear Blue Sea, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cleansing the oceans from plastic pollution, is working on doing as much of this as it can. (CleanTech)

Italians Can Now Install Rooftop Solar PV Systems For Free stainably focused building-renovation projects can now get a 110% tax rebate instead of a 65% rebate, and PV installations and storage systems associated with such projects also get 110%, instead of the previous 50%. If not linked to qualifying renovation projects, the tax rebate will remain at 50%. (CleanTech)

These are the 10 best sustainable buildings of 2020 Buildings generate nearly 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions—and since two-thirds of the buildings that exist today will still be around by the middle of the century, architects need to rethink their design now to have a chance of meeting goals for a net-zero economy. (Fast Company)The ancient technology getting a second wind

People Fixing the World Old sailing ships are moving cargo around the world again to help cut pollution, and new sails are being designed to get monster-sized modern cargo ships using the wind as well. (BBC)

In other news…

How UV sanitizers work—and why you should invest in one for your phone, keys, and wallet As we get back out into the world, staying safe and diligent looks like more than wearing a mask. And while wearing microbe-destroying metal jackets is still a long ways off for most of us, investing in small tools that can make a big difference in not coming into contact with germs is an attainable (and smart) next step. (Fast Company)
Socially Distanced Architecture That Brings People Together When correctly designed, housing that gives people personal space can make them feel closer. (Reasons to be Cheerful)
All adults in England to be deemed organ donors in ‘opt-out’ system At present 80% of adults in England say they would consider becoming a donor, but fewer than 40% have signed up to the current register. The change, which comes into effect on 20 May, could save hundreds of lives each year. (TheGuardian)
3D-printed drugs could be a godsend for those on multiple pills a day – and potentially life saving Although lots of research has already been done, this new form of drug delivery has much further to go, especially as it requires regulatory approval.
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