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#NotBadNews: How One New York Family Celebrates Grandma’s 95th Birthday

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Welcome to #NotBadNews, our new (and hopefully short-lived) daily column where we round up the good, surprising, and weird things that have happened around the world during this coronavirus pandemic.

In today’s #NotBadNews, we take a look at some of the hilarity coming from online-schooling and a 95th birthday serenade sang six-feet apart.

Italy Releases Patient One

The country that saw one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks just released its first coronavirus patient from the hospital. Spending weeks in intensive care, Mattia is now breathing on his own and headed back home, just in time for the birth of his child.

If you’re looking for a little bit of hope in these scary times, Mattia has it for you, saying, “You can get cured of this illness.”

Teachers Give Social Distancing Their Best

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Around the world, schools are moving to online platforms, allowing for continued education in a time of social distancing. We commend educators for their willingness and ability to quickly transition to a platform they might not be familiar with and are loving the different ways teachers are approaching it.

This professor at the University of North Carolina Law School brought his own student to class, filling one of the many empty seats.

Celebrities are even sharing their own Zoom-schooling experience, with Broadway favorite Lin-Manuel Miranda posting this hilarious tweet about his son.

And for the cutest thing you’ll see all day, nothing can stop this pre-K group from gathering for class.

While their class might not have been the most productive, this get-together is definitely the most heart-warming.

This Canadian Distillery Executes a Perfect Pivot

Distilleries and breweries across North America have found a new market–the anti-bacterial. Throughout Kentucky, bourbon distilleries are focusing less on bourbon and more on hand sanitizer, finding a new purpose for the alcohol (while keeping thousands of workers employed).

In Ontario, Dillion’s Distillery is bottling up their strongest alcohol to be shipped out for sanitization purposes.

We applaud the ingenuity of this community, but definitely look forward to a time when they can go back to focusing on drinks (and a time when our favorite alcohol can be bourbon and not hand sanitizer).

A 95th Birthday Six-Feet Apart

No one could stop this family from celebrating their grandma’s birthday, not even coronavirus! While they couldn’t get together in the traditional sense, unfortunately no cake cutting this time around, they were still able to wish her very a happy birthday.

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This video warmed our hearts, and it is definitely possible that I shed a tear (or two) while watching.

Check-in every day for an update on the wonderful and weird things happening in our current coronavirus world.

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homehubme March 25, 2020

News like this makes our hearts pleasant.