• Maryland Teens Go On Grocery Store Runs for Seniors and Vulnerable Neighbors Amid COVID-19 Fears

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    From The Good News Network

    These two teens’ big hearts and their break from high school in Maryland was the highlight of 73-year-old Jimmy Kraft’s week.

    The two sophomores from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland have devised a way for Marylanders to get together and protect their grandparents and loved ones who have health conditions, by delivering the groceries and necessary supplies they need.

    Kraft, a retired grandfather, has been sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak, unable to shop for himself. He is also raising his grandchild who is severely handicapped.

    Concerned about contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home to his grandson, Kraft was yearning for some fresh food to be delivered, and he found Teens…

  • What if the Coronavirus is the Ultimate Pause & Reset Button?

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    From The Elephant Journal By Tash Pericic

    I live in Croatia, which has just closed all schools, restaurants, bars, and non-essential businesses for the next 30 days; we are self-isolating and practising social distancing but a full lockdown, house-confinement scenario is probably on the horizon.

    There is no sugar-coating the fact that these are scary times but amidst the fear and uncertainty, I feel like I am waking up, like the world may be waking up with a fresh pair of eyes. The question that arose from within, as clear as the plane-free blue skies, is this: READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

    As a society, we have been on a trajectory that is simply not sustainable. Perpetual economic growth is…

  • Henry and Everette Graff From Bend Are Spreading Smiles

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    Here is a video created by Henry and Everette Graff from Highland Elementary that was shared with us. This is truly inspiring and shows how each of us can make a difference. Nice job boys!

    Smiling and staying positive is important for our health. These boys are “community inspired” and we are stoked to share it with the #backyardbend community.

    We want to hear from the community. Do you have a positive video, message or story? Send it to us and we’ll share it. Send us an email at info@backyardbend.com.

  • Oregon Spirit Sanitizer For Central Oregon

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    Local company, Oregon Spirit Distillers has turned its production to sanitizer for our community. How positive is that! They need our help. Below is their statement on the project. Please consider donating to help as they produce this valuable necessity for organizations and first responders that need it.

    From Oregon Spirit Distillers.

    In case you haven’t heard…we’re making hand sanitizer! We’ve been giving it away to the community out of our bottle shop using the funds from our GoFundMe campaign as well as taking donations at the distillery.

    We have run short on packaging supplies as our nation is finding out our supply chain isn’t endless.  We are now asking customers to bring their own containers and we can offer…

  • Soldier Adopts Dog That Saved His Life

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    An inspiring story of man’s best friend.

    From National Geographic

    While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range. Despite her injuries, she still attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team. Seven hours of surgery and the amputation of one leg saved her life. Her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, fought hard to adopt her and she’s now become a part of his family.

  • Air Quality Is Improving In Countries Under Coronavirus Quarantine

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    There may be opportunities for the world to look at the impacts of the COVID 19 situation and find the positive.

    From France 24

    Air quality is picking up in countries that remain under coronavirus quarantine, experts say. But it is far too early to speak of long-term change.

    Images by the US space agency NASA are clear, in February the concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell dramatically in Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, passing from an indicator that was red/orange to blue.

    NO2 is mainly produced by vehicles, industrial sites and thermal power stations.As China moves past the peak of its crisis, however, recent images by the European Space Agency (ESA) show a resurgence in NO2…

  • Study: Elderberries Block Flu Virus From Attaching To and Entering Human Cells

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    From Return to Now

    Scientists have identified a chemical compound in elderberries that immediately immobilizes the flu virus.

    Previous studies have already shown elderberry extract can ease flu symptoms and cut the duration of the illness in half, but a new study explains exactly how the ancient remedy works. Read the ARTICLE HERE.

    The unique phytochemicals found in elderberries block the virus from entering, or even attaching to, our healthy cells, when taken preventatively during flu season.

    Even if the flu has already taken hold, the compound prevents the virus from replicating, eliminating symptoms within 48 hours.

    The researchers used commercially farmed elderberries which were turned into a juice serum and were applied to cells before, during and after…

  • Doctor Says He's 3-4 Weeks From Developing Treatment to 'Neutralize' Coronavirus

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    We here at Backyard Bend realize there are many different stories related to COVID 19 and the development of treatments that may or may not turn out to be effective. While we remain positive that the human scientific community can meet this challenge eventually, we realize some of these developments may be overly optimistic and we all should remain vigilant and realistic about the current situation. While saying that, we also want to highlight positive developing information.

    From Fox News By Martha MacCallum

    Distributed Bio co-founder and CEO Dr. Jacob Glanville revealed on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Thursday that his company’s laboratory is three to four weeks away from engineering a therapeutic antibody to combat the coronavirus.

    “What my company is doing is adapting…

  • Woolworth’s Launches ‘Elderly-Only’ Shopping Hour To Ensure Seniors Get Supplies

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    As of today it appears other food stores will implement similar shopping hours for seniors. This is a positive development and a way to honor those in our society who are more at risk.

    From Hello Care By Jacob Neeland

    Australian supermarket giant Woolworths is introducing a dedicated shopping hour that will only allow elderly and disabled people to purchase items.

    Starting tomorrow (March 17) shopping between 7 am and 8 am will be exclusive to elderly and disabled people with government-issued disability and pension cards.

    These actions are a direct response to the chaotic panic buying and hoarding of essential items by other greedy shoppers which has left older people struggling to get their hands on food and toiletries.…

  • National Park Service to Waive Entrance Fees at Open Parks to Aid Social Distancing

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    From CNN By Paul LeBlanc

    Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has directed the National Park Service to the waive entrance fees at all national parks that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to aid public social distancing.

    “This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors in our incredible National Parks,” Bernhardt said in a news release Wednesday.

    “Our vast public lands that are overseen by the Department offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing.”
    The step comes as more than 7,500 people have been infected by the virus in the US, and at least 125 have died. In response, states are…

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