The Response: 8th-15th May

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The Response: This week’s selection of Solutions, Progress and Development

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Corona Coverage

New 100% accurate COVID-19 antibody test approved for use in UK
The tests, developed by Swiss firm Roche, have already been given the green light in the US, with UK officials now reportedly in talks to rollout millions in the UK to check how aggressively the virus has spread through the country (Sky News)

How coronavirus is putting solutions journalism in the spotlight By analysing evidence of success, solutions journalism can play a vital role in helping us pinpoint what is working to combat covid-19 and in keeping us well-informed, engaged and hopeful about our future (

How Pandemics End An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide? (New York Times)

Could a llama hold the key to treating COVID-19? According to Us and Belgiam scientists, they have managed to identify a tiny particle that appears to block coronavirus. The goal is to develop a treatment that could help people soon after they become infected with the virus. (Sky News)

Cheap and easy $1 coronavirus test to undergo trials in Senegal Trials to develop a $1 covid-19 testing kit that produces results in less than 10 minutes are under way in Senegal. If it works, the test could be a vital tool in sub-Saharan Africa. (New Scientist)

How grime and drill musicians are helping fight coronavirus With lyrics that encourage people to “keep your salivas” and “take this ting serious”, a handful of recent grime and drill releases are promoting social responsibility – instead of anti-social behaviour, as their detractors tend to argue. (The Conversation)

Alaska Is Using South Korea’s Method to Beat the Virus With the fewest infections of any state, Alaska proves contact tracing can work — even in America. (Reasons to be Cheerful)

Slovakia records no new coronavirus cases for first time since March 10 The government on Wednesday reopened all shops outside shopping malls, hotels, museums, galleries and outdoor tourist attractions and allowed religious services and weddings with a limited number of guests.

Moments of magic: 10 ways to help others in lockdown Feeling powerless during the coronavirus crisis? Lost? You can still potentially make a positive difference, whether joining a ‘scrub hub’ or contributing to food banks (The Guardian)

In Other News…

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman (The Guardian)

11,000 Air Pollution-Related Deaths Avoided In Europe As Coal & Oil Consumption Plummet 
Other avoided health impacts include:
6,000 fewer new cases of asthma in children
1,900 avoided ER asthma attack visits
600 fewer preterm births (Clean Tech)

Algae transplant could protect coral reefs threatened by warming seas It may be possible to protect coral reefs from the warming oceans by colonising them with heat-resistant algae. (New Scientist)

What is a job guarantee—and how could it help us recover from the coronavirus? What if anytime someone wanted work, there was a societally beneficial job—such as providing eldercare or planting trees—available to them? (Fast Company – Impact)

How major cities are trying to keep people walking and cycling Hundreds of cities have handed over their streets to pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. Here’s how they are doing it and how they hope to make it last (The Conversation)

 A Breath of Fresh Air Machines that help those suffering with Pneumonia need a reliable source of electricity. Some hospitals have frequent power cuts, though, which can be fatal. So scientists in Australia and Uganda came up with a clever invention to separate and store oxygen without the need for electricity, which is saving the lives of hundreds of children. (BBC)

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