This Virus is Strong, But Hope is Stronger


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The omicron receptor-binding domain (RBD) and N-terminal domain (NTD) both have 15 and 11 mutations, respectively, which cause a significant reduction in plasma neutralizing activity in infected or vaccinated people, which means there is a significant reduction in antibodies to fight the virus.

With all the chaos the COVID-19 virus has caused, it’s hard to notice the good flourishing in the world. 

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Many have risen to the challenge of helping those who are sick or affected by the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

The Red Cross is encouraging patients who have fully recovered to donate plasma because their blood has antibodies that can attack the virus. Researchers hope it can be used as treatment for patients who are seriously ill because of coronavirus.

School districts such as Beachwood have gone to great lengths to make sure lunches are available to students who rely on free and reduced lunch. 

In other places, charitable organizations are making donations for food insecure kids, according to CNN.  Some are also donating books and supplies.

The Cleveland Clinic has sent employees to help out in hard-hit states, including New York and Michigan.

Just like the sun during a solar eclipse, the coronavirus seems to completely darken the sky and hide the sun. However, like its namesake, brightness peaks out despite the dark.

Dr. David Birnkrant, a MetroHealth physician, has developed a ventilator that can be controlled remotely. It is being fast-tracked by the F.D.A to help COVID-19 patients.

Google has posted tips for social distancing and a new doodle encouraging the practice. The doodle features the Google letters spelled out in houses with each family doing their own things and social distancing. 

Other Google doodles express appreciation for those who have to work during the virus, such as doctors and firefighters.

Perfume companies and distilleries are making hand sanitizer using the alcohol they have available and giving it to mostly medical workers. Sherwin Williams is also making hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment.

Companies are also donating masks and supplies to medical workers, including Disney Parks which is donating 100,000 N95 masks. Stores such as Costco and Trader Joe’s are designating hours for senior citizens to shop in order to reduce their exposure.

Many companies are donating their money to charities, some even donating 100% of their earnings. PopSockets is donating 100% of proceeds from specially-designed PopSockets to charities Doctors Without Borders and Feeding America.

Kevin Love donated $100,000 for workers at the Quicken Loans arena who are out of work because there are no games being played due to the coronavirus. His action inspired the Cavaliers to pay their hourly workers through the crisis. The Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are doing the same.

The Cavs also hosted  a telethon on April 4 to raise money for Coronavirus relief for those in need who have been hit hard by the virus.The team raised $147,000 in donations.

In early April, people in Parma celebrated Medical Workers by flashing lights in a hospital parking lot, one of many ways people have found to honor medical workers in the past few months.

Ohio native Genevieve McGavin has been dressing up as Elsa and charging to talk to kids through technology for 5 minute sessions. She donates the money earned to Luna Bakery cafe that is supporting refugee families through this epidemic, according to Fox 8.

According to Chinese data published by CNN, 80.9 percent of coronavirus cases are mild. As of March 19, 87 percent of those diagnosed with the virus in mainland China had recovered, 9 percent were active cases, and 4 percent died.

While humans are quarantined, nature is healing.

According to the BBC, pollution is decreasing as a result of the decrease in travel due to social distancing measures. CO2 levels in New York have decreased 5-10% and energy use has decreased 25% in China. Additionally, both Italy and China have seen significant drops in nitrogen dioxide.

Those who lost their lives to it must never be forgotten, and those who risked their lives to help others during this epidemic must always be remembered.

According to the CDC, the Coronavirus is so named because the shape of the individual virions looks like the sun’s corona. 

According to Nasa’s Space Place, the sun’s corona is the part of the sun that is visible during the solar eclipse, while the rest of the sun is dark, a ring around it is illuminated, though it is still pretty dim.

Just like the sun during a solar eclipse, the coronavirus seems to completely darken the sky and hide the sun. However, like its namesake, brightness peaks out despite the dark. The coronavirus is terrible and serious, but we cannot overlook the good that is being brought out in humanity. People are caring for each other, reaching out to each other, pollution is decreasing, and that is beautiful.

Many Beachwood students have hope for the future.

“I just hope that everyone stays healthy and happy positive in tough times like this one, and that if anyone is struggling to get through this, they can always talk to someone who is here to help,” sophomore Shari Spiegel wrote in an email.

“No matter how dark things may be now, there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” wrote sophomore Molly Markowitz.

There are many truths of coronavirus: the sickness and death it has brought, the science of what we can do to prevent it, and the hope and cooperation it has inspired.

However, the truth is that we must move on, and we can’t forget.

Those who lost their lives to it must never be forgotten, and those who risked their lives to help others during this epidemic must always be remembered.

“Things are difficult right now, but try your best to find something you’re grateful for each day and we’ll make it through this,” sophomore Alyssa Murphy said.

We cannot go into depths about the badness until we reach the brink of madness; we cannot only look at the good, completely ignoring the bad and thus disrespecting those who are suffering; instead we must find balance, by accepting the pain we all feel but also by inspiring hope and bringing out the good in each other.

That is the truth.