Wholesome Quarantine Outcomes

During this time of great uncertainty, we can’t let all the bad news get to us. Whether it be helping out our essential workers, picking up new skills, or no longer neglecting that long-neglected project in the corner, there are ways we can get through this — together. Here are some of the most positive and wholesome moments that have occurred in the past few months. 


Grocery stores priority: Several major grocery shops and stores are designating “senior hours”, where within an hour of opening, only senior citizens can shop, providing a safer environment for them. Many stores are also allowing first responders and essential workers priority in line and discounts.

People leaving out essential items for delivery people: People on social media have been sharing photos of them leaving out toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, etc. for delivery people still working hard.(image: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/04/02/16/26731390-0-image-a-24_1585841177971.jpg

Some Good News with John Krasinski: Former The Office star John Krasinski has started a YouTube channel called “SomeGoodNews” with videos of himself in quarantine spreading some good news. He often has celebrity guests and recently held a prom episode, in which he DJ-ed for the class of 2020’s “prom”. 

Music from the balconies: People from all around the world have taken it upon themselves to perform live music to their communities. Despite not being able to see each other, neighbors fill their streets with beautiful songs for all to hear.

(video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q734VN0N7hw

Author allows his work to be used without worry of copyright claims: English author Neil Gaiman recently tweeted that all people can use his written works for live audio readings without having to worry about copyright or public domain. His most notable works include Good Omens, American Gods, Neverwhere and Stardust. 

(screenshot of more tweets: https://i.imgur.com/c4rW9AJg.jpg

Companies are helping students utilize their online platforms: Audible is offering free audiobooks for students and kids, Coursera is giving free credential to several courses, and several other companies are aiding students and teachers in these unprecedented times by reducing or eliminating fees. 


Nature getting a replay button: Now that people are all inside, there are fewer cars on the roads and less pollution in the air, giving nature and animals a chance to rejuvenate. 


Rise in compassion: People are becoming more empathetic towards others by showing small acts of kindness, such as sending text messages or calling them to check on their mental health in these times. On birthdays, people are driving by and wishing their friends and family.