News break : Five feel-good stories from this week

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Rachel Hale, Editor-in-Chief

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it can be hard to feel optimistic. To keep your spirits up, here are five feel-good stories from this week.

1. Venice’s water is clear for the first time in years

One positive of Italy’s nationwide lockdown is that the country中国体彩官方app下载安卓’s air quality has improved. So much so, in fact, that the waterways of Venice are the clearest they have been in years. With less boat traffic than usual, the typically murky water is a shade of blue. Click for a video.

2. Penguins explore the Shedd Aquarium

While closed off to visitors, the Shedd Aquarium was able to give some of its animal inhabitants a special tour. On Tuesday, three lucky penguins had the chance to explore the Shedd’s Amazon Rising exhibit, and seemed to be particularly fascinated with the freshwater fish. The museum brings in around two million visitors a year and plans to reopen to the public on March 29. For a video of the penguins, click

3. Quarantined Italians come together in song

Also in Italy, a scene of unity can be found in the balconies of those quarantined, where music has become a popular way to pass the time. Singer with a balcony Opera performance, while played an energetic set for his whole neighborhood. A video of residents in the northern Italian city of Turin doing “the Macarena” also, reminding us that there is beauty even in the darkest of times.

4. Distilleries distributing hand sanitizer

A more serious implication of COVID-19 is the skyrocketing price and lack of basic amenities like hand sanitizer. A decided to change that. Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, founded by Chad Butters, converted its practice into an operation line for the cleaning agent. are following suit and putting their in-house alcohol to use, with Green Mountain Distillery in Vermont, Old Fourth Distillery in Atlanta and Shine Distillery in Oregon making the disinfectant, among others.

5. Man celebrates anniversary with wife outside her nursing 中国体彩官方app下载安卓

Chivalry isn’t dead after all. Bob and Nancy Shellard have been married for 67 years, but when Nancy’s nursing 中国体彩官方app下载安卓 restricted visitors amid COVID-19 concerns, the Connecticut couple was concerned about celebrating their anniversary together on Saturday. However, , showing up to the nursing 中国体彩官方app下载安卓 with a sign that read, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do” with balloons. A nurse relayed messages between the two, and Nancy waved from the second floor. Bob won over the hearts of those across social media in the process, with his story going viral across .