Good news still thrives amid coronavirus pandemic: Nurse travels by boat to help coronavirus patients, woman finds way to safely hug her great grandkids

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People everywhere are still figuring out what life looks like during a pandemic — whether that is finding ways to give back or re-envisioning ways to safely connect with family and friends. And while it that looks different for different people experiencing their own trials and triumphs during this difficult time, it seems that sharing individual stories can inspire the masses. Just this week, a nurse from Virginia opened up about traveling to New York via a sailboat in order to help the city fight the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic. An environmentalist also shares the way that his business is providing for people on the frontline.

Nurse sails to New York City to join the fight against coronavirus

A nurse from Virginia decided to head to New York City to join the front line of the coronavirus outbreak. But to travel and lodge safely in another state, she and her husband decided to sail and live on board their 50-foot sailboat. “To be able to bring our own house essentially on the water just seemed like a safe way to have a living space here in the middle of the pandemic,” Rachel Hartley tells Yahoo Life. And it turned out, that they wouldn’t be the only ones. In fact, Hartley shares that the boat was spacious enough to fit other healthcare workers who wanted to help in her same mission. “I always had wished that I’d gone into the military, and I think this is the closest I’ll get to serve my country in this kind of way,” she says. “I’m proud to be here and proud to help this city.”

Environmentalist donates millions of supplies for frontline workers

Entrepreneur and environmentalist Eric Lundgren is known for his work in e-waste sustainability, but when the coronavirus struck, his mission and business model shifted to make the best use of his resources and to keep his workers employed. To do so, he contacted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office to pivot the work that his company was doing by using their existing supply chain to import and donate masks, hazmat suits and gloves to frontline workers. “I’m a social entrepreneur. I care about how can we make the greatest positive impact in the world,” Lundgren tells Yahoo Life.

Family builds ‘hug time’ structure to safely embrace great-grandmother

Rose Gagnon, 85 years old, is used to seeing her granddaughter and five great-grandchildren on a near daily basis as she lives just a few minutes from their house. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, Gagnon has been forced to keep her distance. Two months into self-isolating in her condominium, however, she became anxious to visit her family, so her granddaughter created a plastic barrier to put outside of their home to allow Gagnon to do just that. “My arms ache from not cuddling my grandchildren,” Gagnon tells Yahoo Life. Here’s hoping her granddaughter’s ingenuity has lessened that anguish.

'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin selling coronavirus face masks

Carole Baskin is taking advantage of the limelight from Netflix’s Tiger King, which was conveniently released during the coronavirus quarantine. But in hopes of using her newfound fame for good, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue created face masks for people to wear with her famous saying: “Hey all you cool cats and kittens,” the feline-printed masks read.

How we're finding calm during quarantine, from virtual cocktail nights to genealogy

Ryan Miller is livestreaming his DJ sets. (Photo: Ryan Miller)
Ryan Miller is livestreaming his DJ sets. (Photo: Ryan Miller)

In The Unwind, Yahoo staffers share the ways we’re finding moments of peace, levity and inspiration during these trying times with a plant identification app, a website that makes curating cocktails easy and livestream DJ sets.

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