Brookings Institution: A new tool for tracking vulnerability and premature mortality in America

Brookings Institution: A new tool for tracking vulnerability and premature mortality in America. “…we have built an interactive vulnerability indicator that shows the links between state-level trends in well-being (optimism and worry) and county-level trends in deaths of despair. Our indicator allows users to see how these accord with county- and state-level trends in poverty, unemployment, and average household income. As such, the indicator allows users to see how these trends vary by populations, by state and county, and their relationship with trends in well-being (and ill-being).”

Jerusalem Post: Meet the 107-year-old woman who survived the coronavirus and Spanish flu

Jerusalem Post: Meet the 107-year-old woman who survived the coronavirus and Spanish flu. “After Marilee Shapiro Asher was admitted to the hospital in mid-April sick with COVID-19, her daughter got a call from the doctor telling her she ought to get down there right away. Her mother likely had only 12 hours to live. ‘Well, he doesn’t know my mother, does he?’ Joan Shapiro said. What the doctor didn’t know was that Asher, a 107-year-old working artist, had already survived one global pandemic. And she was about to survive another.”

Coronavirus chronicles: Here’s some good news amid the dire reports (CNET)

CNET: Coronavirus chronicles: Here’s some good news amid the dire reports. “Right now the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 are all anyone can talk about. You’re not alone if you feel overwhelmed or find yourself focusing on worst-case scenarios. So let’s take a second, breathe deep and look at some of the positive things going on in these strange times.” A nice read if you need something hopeful.

My Panhandle: Panama City native creates ‘Map of Kindness’ to track positivity during pandemic

My Panhandle: Panama City native creates ‘Map of Kindness’ to track positivity during pandemic. “A few students at Florida State University are trying to bring positivity to those being negatively impacted by COVID-19. Panama City native, Gabriela Cintron and her two friends have created a new website called ‘Kindness amid the Coronavirus’. Their goal is to track stories of kindness and humanity from around the globe.”

MakeUseOf: Be Positive! 5 Good News Websites for Uplifting & Inspirational Stories

MakeUseOf: Be Positive! 5 Good News Websites for Uplifting & Inspirational Stories. “These days, it seems like every news media outlet only reports on death, disease, and distress. While you shouldn’t shy away from harsh realities, the incessant bad news can affect your mental health. That’s when you should turn to these people who highlight the good. There are news websites, apps, podcasters, and YouTubers who focus on the steps taken for betterment. This includes small acts of goodness and kindness to large leaps that inspire you to fight the good fight.”

Buddha Buzz Weekly: Dharma Relief Raises Money for US Hospitals (Tricycle)

Tricycle: Buddha Buzz Weekly: Dharma Relief Raises Money for US Hospitals. “Karunavirus—as in karuna, the Sanskrit word for compassion—is a new website that hopes to highlight stories of compassion in the news. Launched in mid-March by volunteer charity organization Service Space, the website hopes to shine a spotlight on uplifting stories in the coronavirus era, without ignoring the widespread reality of the mass suffering caused by the pandemic.”