The #GoodNewsEcho: Week of April 6th

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1. National Geographic launched their “NatGeo@Home” Digital Hub to support families, individuals & educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. The current situation is making it very hard for people to date across the globe, so Glamour Magazine compiled a list of 11 “virtual” date ideas for those looking to stay romantically involved during COVID-19.

3. We’re not the only ones keeping the good news rolling—John Krasinski & his wife Emily Blunt rolled out their “Some Good News” series last week. Episode 2 featured a Zoom surprise from Lin Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast.

4. Over the weekend, Apple announced that they will source over 20M masks to healthcare workers while beginning production on face shields with the goal of delivering 1M by week's end.

5. Lady Gaga and WHO announced a star-studded virtual entertainment charity event featuring Lizzo, PaulMcCartney and more.

6. With restaurants across the DMV currently closed, here are some easy-to-follow recipes to create your favorite DC spot’s brunch dishes from home.

7. A student at Eastern Kentucky University created a unique reusable mask for the deaf & hard of hearing who rely on reading lips and facial expressions to communicate.

8. “You’re at home, but that doesn’t mean your mind can’t travel.” With global tourism all but shuttered, Visit Greece has launched #greecefromhome, where you can explore the old country from the comfort of your couch.

9. Alright alright alright—last week, Matthew McConaughey hosted a virtual bingo night for a senior living facility in his native state of Texas.

10. A man in Cork, Ireland has found a heartwarming way to unite his neighborhood. He’s been projecting old movies on the wall of a nearby building and having folks to tune in via a special FM radio station.

11. With employees across the country sequestered in their homes, some have found a workaround for staying connected “outside of work”: virtual beer pong, or: “March Sadness.”

12. QuickTake announced Foldit, a free online game you can play to help contribute to COVID-19 research.

13. The World Health Organization announced yesterday that they will be releasing a storybook to help children understand COVID-19. The book is available in six languages with 30 other translations to come.

14. Next Tuesday, April 14, at 7 PM ET Sesame Street and Elmo will be hosting a “virtual playdate” including celebrity guests like Lin Manuel Miranda and Tracee Ellis Ross.

15. Today, Apple and Google unveiled an ambitious effort to help fight the spread of COVID-19 with new tools that will allow users to track whether or not they’ve come in contact with anyone who is infected.

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