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Good news. We needed some and ways to make us laugh during the lockdown.

With the lockdown looming, we needed something to raise our spirits. so we found some. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine.

Trying to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic…? Don’t stress, we’ve got you ‘COVID’.😁

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So… the entire planet is on high-alert, and we won’t blame you if you’re more than a little concerned about the coronavirus. These past few weeks have been pretty stressful, but, as South Africans, we love laughing off our worries. We did it with JZ, Eskom and a whole bunch of other stuff, so why not for the CV? Laughter, sometimes, Is the best medicine! So, If you are anything like us, then you are concerned and somewhat anxious about what's to come. We needed a break.

Okay! Enough talk about the Coronavirus, deal!!... we’re not joking!

Okay, maybe we are…not joking that is. It’s a fact, laughter helps relieve anxiety and stress, and if you’re a bit worried – or not – we thought to share a few giggles with you. Hey, if you find you’re enjoying a good old’ belly laugh, all the better!

We know, you all been talking about this...

There's much talk about what the 21-day isolation is going to mean for the fertile couples... some say there might be a baby boom. If there is so in 2021 will these teens be called 'QuaranTEENs?'

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Ok, so what if you already have kids? No hassles! to the rescue!.

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Amazon cancels subscriptions- Free stories for children of all ages.

Amazon announced that they will be cancelling all subscriptions of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages, for as long as schools remain closed.

Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. (Thank you Amazon, you’ve just saved parents all around the world!).

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link:

Taking the concept of ‘personal space’… a bit too far?

What’s your opinion on the whole ‘personal space’ social rule, especially in a time such as this? Is it a good idea, or a dismally bad one? Have your say in the comments!

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And… speaking of taking things a bit too far, who do you think can successfully work from home… and who can’t?

Working from home

With most of us now working from home or planning to do so, and with the kids around, you might find yourself trying to deal with domestic issues in a more business-like fashion. The ‘staff’ may just buy into the whole scheme. That might not be so bad… right?

Conference calls have always been terrible, especially when your kids make the news…


Jasmine Valickis the "work from home look"… can you relate?

This guy totally figured out the coronavirus… or did he?

Image from Sam Thuliesen on TikTok

Now for a bit of inspiration. We think you need it.

We rise by lifting each other by Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy

Video by Good THings Guy

It's gonna get better by Hezekiah Walker

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Making fun of our own situation

Tell us in just six words what being under quarantine is like for you. Join Jimmy Fallon #MyQuarantineInSixWords challenge and use the hashtag #GetMemo

Here are some highlights:

Chill beats to Quarantine too

Back to reality: Some good news about COVID-19, for a change!

A recent statement released by the premier of KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala has welcomed the news that the first two South Africans who contracted the coronavirus are back home from the hospital and has done a full recovery from COVID-19. The 38-year-old man from Hilton in Midlands, KZN who was known to be the very first case reported and the second which was to believed his wife. They were both in isolation at the Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg after they contracted the virus when they returned home from their visit to Italy on a ski trip. In other good news, even though South Africa now stands at 709 reported cases, we have had no number of deaths and to date, 12 people have fully recovered.

Source Link: Sunday Times Live

Good news from around the globe

News from China

Not so long ago it was reported that China closed down its last coronavirus hospital, as there was not enough new cases to support them. The report came from the Bangkok Post and New York Post who shared the good news about the last temporary hospitals being closed because the country’s overall new-infection rate was so low and that their established hospitals can now cope with the remaining people who are infected.

News from India

There have been claims of doctors in India that have been successfully treating Coronavirus patients. This was done with a combination of drugs that were used namely Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. If this is true hopefully they will suggest the same medicine to be used globally. This was the Medical and Health Chief Secretary had to say:

“Their symptoms were flu-like so they were initially given anti-malaria and anti-swine flu drugs. All this while, our doctors were in touch with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Drug Controller General of India. Since the structure of coronavirus is similar to that of HIV to some extent, so they tried a combination of the two anti-HIV drugs. It appears it (the combination of drugs) is working because three patients have recovered. Good thing is that all the three patients are elderly and the successful result of the drug on patients of such age is a big thing,” he said.

A TechStartUp also reported on an academic study that was launched and is showing similar results using anti-malaria medications.

Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.

The Cleveland Clinic created an online option for people to speak to their doctors and discuss potential coronavirus infections. The clinic also created a drive-thru system which has seen more people get tested via nasal swobs. After consulting a doctor about symptoms online, they are given the go-ahead to get tested at the drive-through facility. Fox 8 News shared that there are talks of a second drive-thru testing facility to be established.

Video by CNBC News

The clinic also later mentioned that the did not develop the test but rather worked in-house on it to get faster results. Currently, they are able to do about 500 test a week but hope to increase this to 1000.

Source Link: Good Things Guy

The worlds fastest supercomputer is joining the fight against COVID-19

Not sure if this is good news but after watching I Robot its good to know that we have the tech on our side this time around.

Image by IBM

The IBM-built supercomputer called SUMMIT is said to be working around the clock sifting through thousands of molecules to try and find potential compounds that could be used as a new drug against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the current COVID-19 pandemic. "After a couple of days of calculations, the supercomputer managed to find at least 77 compounds that indicate they could potentially help to prevent SARS-CoV-2 from invading human cells."

They are still a long way from getting feasible results and of course, there’s no guarantee any of the compounds found by the supercomputer will be effective in practice. However, the supercomputer’s work has helped to identify some promising candidates for researchers to follow up on.

Source: IFL Science

A final word before we go… laughter is STILL the best medicine!

Tell us in just six words what being under quarantine is like for you. Join Jimmy Fallon #MyQauritineInSixWords challenge and use the hashtag #GetMemo

Here is a few examples:

  • There’s not enough wine for this.
  • Expelled my kid from home school
  • Day one: ate all the snacks

Stay safe out there, and entertained. While you at it make sure to download the Memo Health Assistant here free from the Google PlayStore, or if you on iOS on the App Store go here.

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