Isolation Toolkit

Top tips for staying at home

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Firsthand Accounts

🔗https://www.reddit.com/r/AMA/comments/fgdaib/guy_living_the_first_day_of_lockdown_in_italy_ama
Reddit Ask Me Anything about what it’s like to be on lockdown in Italy

🔗https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-51844646 
Isolation as described by a Londoner

🔗https://twitter.com/SloopJontyB/status/1241134014725066754
Advice from someone who works on submarines about how to stay sane when cooped up for long periods with little privacy

General Advice

🌏🔗https://staythefuckhome.com/
Our governments are only slowly implementing measures to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Slow reactions, public appeasement policies, and their urge to stabilize the economy have kept them from taking the measures needed to protect millions from this disease. However, it is not only the government's burden to bear. It is time for us, as citizens of this earth, to take action now and do our part in fighting COVID-19.

🌏🔗https://www.coronasafe.in/
A crowd-sourced guide to staying safe Coronavirus outbreak.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
NHS Tips for staying at home

🇺🇸🔗The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’
An Atlantic article where experts weigh in on whether you should cancel your dates, dinner parties, and gym sessions.

🔗contagion reduction workbook for multi-person residences
sanitization procedures and quarantine planning tool

🔗How to enter to your residence safely with groceries and other items
sanitization procedures

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTpnGOOwGrb7h3gf5Iqh-_rlOviiot_Y_j4aia-9KhwI8972EpHYqEoGCltf3agQiOlVSM6u_Y97efF/pub
Self Help guide to Self Isolation- Guide to self Isolation for people having to stay at home

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Eu5Xqn_IB2ckhvCl6UdDH0DwKdnh1kS2oaGEMVkVbUY/edit?fbclid=IwAR38CtrKda-UGGupX7XAEEfB025OcOQgHJNFGK9UX1-g-i9LOGkYzbx4B9I
COVID-19: Community and Self Care Resources- Here’s a list of non-medical resources for people who are facing quarantine, self-isolation or other factors because of COVID-19. Through these resources hopefully we can better support each other and nurture ourselves.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/
NHS apps library- NHS is the UK national health service, but you don’t need to live in the UK to use these apps.

Cleaning

🔗https://housekeep.com/coronavirus-cleaning-guide
Guide to home and office cleaning during the Coronavirus outbreak

Food

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/delivery


🔗https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html
This is a great article about food safety; I feel it deserves more emphasis. I’m surprised there isn’t a higher level category around food. Not sure where to place it. - @anselm

🔗https://www.producthunt.com/posts/the-coronavirus-shopping-list-generator
Rational shopping list

🔗https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p087yq7j
Nigella answers your isolation dinner dilemmas!

https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/banks/articles/things-you-should-stock-coronavirus-isolation/
here is a link with tips and advice when looking to stock up with food!

If you get infected

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/infected

High Density Living Arrangements

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/home-troubles

Advice for Abuse Victims, Survivors and Advocates

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/home-troubles

Dealing with Addiction

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/home-troubles

Mutual Aid Support Groups

If you are isolated and are seeking support, check whether there is a local mutual aid group in your community.

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/mutual-aid-group

General Self Care and Mental Health

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/mental-health

Advice for Specific Mental Health Issues

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/mental-health

Parenting & Childcare

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/childcare

Physical Exercise

🔗https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/health/exercise-gym-close-coronavirus-quarantine-wellness-jampolis/index.html
How to stay fit when the gym is closed and you are stuck at home

🔗https://tuckbarreyoga.com/
Tuck Barre and Yoga is hosting free live-streamed barre and yoga classes via their Facebook page. The classes will go live daily at 7:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Stay up-to-date with the studio’s schedule here.

🔗https://gearjunkie.com/planet-fitness-work-ins-workouts-coronavirus
National gym chain Planet Fitness is offering free and virtual classes for people who are stuck at home. The new and free series will offer a variety of 20-minute fitness classes and   workout routines through livestream and online.Find out more about the work-ins programming here

🔗https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGt_IpceP_xQhhCMCrut_A
Dozens of YMCAs around the country are providing virtual classes, covering everything from cycling, mind and body fitness, and kids’ fitness. The YMCA is hosting programs in four different virtual “studios,” so there’s something for everyone. Programs will differ slightly based on region. Find more info here, or check out the virtual classes here.

🔗http://thewallcycling.com/
The Wall Cycling. This Manayunk spin and barre studio will be hosting some free classes on Facebook live. Find them on their Facebook page here.

🔗https://www.nevergiveuptraining.com/
Never Give Up in Manayunk is hosting online versions of their boot camp and strength classes via Zoom. They’ll also post free workouts to Facebook and Instagram. Head to their schedule page to sign up for the Zoom classes here.

🔗https://unityyoga.guru/
Unity Yoga decided to close the studio for two weeks, and is instead sharing free classes on Instagram and Facebook, and you can find the schedule for their live-stream sessions here.  

🔗https://www.youtube.com/user/305Fitness
305 Fitness. A dance workout studio is livestreaming 45-minute cardio workouts every day at 12pm and 6pm EST.

🔗https://ebf.live/videos/ 
Boxing, Yoga, and Fitness Training

🔗https://www.facebook.com/pg/OutcomeAthletics/videos/
Outcome Athletics | Live Stream Workout of the Day- You can catch certified trainers from the Outcome Athletics crew bring you live streaming workouts of the day for free. You can catch them live on Facebook or uploaded to YouTube right after they air at 10:30 am and 4:00 pm PDT. 

https://www.instagram.com/nathalie.clough/

Watch/Listen Together

🔗 https://letsgaze.com/#/
Gaze lets you watch videos with one other person in perfect synchrony. 

🔗https://plug.dj/
Plug.Dj: This site lets you share music videos or YouTube clips with their friends rather than watching entire movies or TV shows. Plug.DJ creates a private room for all your friends to chat in and to line up a list of music videos.

🔗Netflix Party
Netflix Party is a browser extension exclusive to Chrome. It allows users to synchronize Netflix video playback on multiple computers. Once you install the extension, navigate to Netflix and choose a film or TV show to watch. Once it loads, pause your video and click on the red “NP” button in the top right of your browser window. This will generate a unique link that you can send to other people. Those folks will be directed to your “room” where they can watch your video in sync with you. Furthermore, Netflix Party allows users to engage with each other with a simple text chat interface.

🔗https://www.jqbx.fm/
JQBX: This site/app lets you create virtual “DJ Rooms” with friends (or strangers), allowing you to listen to synced music.

Play Together

🔗https://avalon.fun/
Avalon

🔗https://www.horsepaste.com/ 
Codenames

🔗https://secret.ethanl.ee/
Secret Hitler

🔗https://www.planetminecraft.com/project/drehmal-v2-prim-rdial-12k-x-12k-survival-adventure-map/?fbclid=IwAR26nfPGnZ8V7ZKIkp0jgbu_Alk-SOcRHY4BMzhbHZh8x4tdup3nAlkrevg
12K by 12K Minecraft Adventure Map to explore alone or with friends during Isolation

🔗https://www.drawasaurus.org/
Drawasaurus - distributed pictionary with private rooms

🔗https://www.cnet.com/how-to/11-best-ways-to-entertain-yourself-when-youre-in-quarantine-update/
11 best ways to entertain yourself when you're in quarantine

Working from Home

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/remote

Bereavement

See: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/bereavement

Loneliness

💡Is anyone up for forming a brain trust on some techie solutions to helping people help each other during Coronavirus? I just sent the following email out on e campaigning forum 
I work for the Campaign to End Loneliness in Scotland . 
I am working with third sector and some community groups in Glasgow to help prepare as Coronavirus hits. There are some brilliant self help groups springing up which we are keen to encourage that obviously take account of health guidance. 
We face unprecedented times and may have to do things differently. My concern in particular are those older people living alone or who are older carers. But everyone who self isolates or who is fearful may struggle and we want to find ideas to help people still feel human and a sense of human connection.
I would love to hear about any free tech that may do the following in the face of helping the third sector and communities keep connected and help each other during the Coronavirus. This is likely more geared at the enablers as we know there is a digital divide for older people in particular so thought is being given to offline ways of communication.
-Does anyone know of any tech that would enable volunteers or staff to call vulnerable people without accessing their details ..some of the scenarios we are thinking about is if staffing is hit and we can put out a community call to enable volunteers to do phone check ins. Up to 40% of community care staff may become unavailable due to self isolation, have caring responsibilities when schools close , or who become ill 
-any programme that would allow people to contribute to building a community warchest to buy food and essentials without the need for cash changing hands 
- best way for people to highlight how they can help and pair people up 
-any tech that helps with phone trees (see attached ) -where people who may not know each other can check in with each other 
There may be other things that come up around helping entertain people /find things to chat about
If anyone is interested in helping with ideas/free expertise (sorry!) please do let me know and I could set up a zoom call . I would love someone to explain simply how we can get round GDPR safely.
My work email is [email protected]
Work 07720 200 862

Things to Do at Home

🔗 https://www.facebook.com/groups/sociallydistantfest
Socially Distant Fest: A Facebook group for musicians showing live performances and the general public interested in the performances.

🔗 https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
White Noise and ambient sounds generator- Stream hundreds of different soundscapes direct to your headphones, calibrated to your preferred frequency. Ideal for those who dislike working in quiet environments or for those who are working in noisy households and need to tune out. Includes cafe background noise, nature sounds, speech blocker and more.

🔗https://bored.solutions/
A place to find ideas of things to learn, make & do while self-isolating.

🇬🇧🔗https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
A list of free, online boredom busting resources compiled by ChatterPack

🇬🇧🔗https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning
ChatterPack compilation of home learning resources for schools and families

🔗https://www.producthunt.com/posts/self-quarantine-book-club
Self quarantine book club

🔗https://homenauts.com/
They offer positive free resources for better mental health during the pandemic of COVID-19.
Submit your own link and help others #StayAtHome

🌏🔗https://www.buzzsprout.com/748181/2949838-30-canceled-shows-downtime?fbclid=IwAR2S_03VTuafHaPKh9r0BOEHbypR22LweIlttmdKkpYac1K7DrZ-sE2xB9I
A light-hearted podcast episode on what to do during the downtime

🌏🔗https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-coronavirus-and-the-rise-of-the-virtual-volunteer/
Virtual Volunteering
Some things you can do while housebound, to make the world better

🌏🔗https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-these-12-famous-museums-offer-virtual-tours-you-can-take-on-your-couch/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20200313&utm_term=7728056
Online Museums

🌏🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xeSHuLazQbi9bihZoLMKvAq4ccBj_tY768BJqWm0fFw/edit#heading=h.iy52gmwqnyii
Isolated magazine

🌏🔗https://www.facebook.com/jean.worsley/posts/10156608078391076
Free magazine education

🌏🔗https://brodiesnotes.blogspot.com/2020/03/free-cheering-or-inspiring-films-to.html
Free films to watch online from Internet Archive

🌏🔗https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/philadelphia-museum-of-art?hl=en
Google has consolidated online exhibits from many of the world’s most famous museums, including Philadelphia’s Museum of Art. 

🌏🔗https://www.metopera.org/about/press-releases/met-to-launch-nightly-met-opera-streams-a-free-series-of-encore-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/
Free live streaming of the Metropolitan Opera

🌏🔗https://www.ted.com/playlists/239/the_most_jaw_dropping_ted_talk
Watch some Ted Talks: Here’s a playlist of all of the most watched Ted Talks. 

🌏🔗 http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream
Watch the Earth from Afar. This is a live NASA stream from space. 

🌏🔗https://documentaryheaven.com/
Watch a new documentary -This site has hundreds of free documentaries, including one on Coronavirus.

🌏🔗https://90kids.com/games/
Play games from the 90’s: This site has a ton of games 90’s kids may have played, including Sonic and Mario. 

🌏🔗https://www.dailypage.co/ 
Write daily - DailyPage sends you a writing prompt daily and if you don’t like the prompt it also gives you an option to free-write.

🌏🔗https://www.goodtricks.net/
Learn free magic tricks

🌏🔗http://videojug.com/
Learn how to make something new: This includes things ranging from recipes to candles. 

🌏🔗https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/
Find a new favorite book. A collection of thousands of online books. 

🌏🔗https://ukaudiofiction.com
A list of audio fiction podcasts made by people in the UK

🌏🔗https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Find a new favorite audiobook: Free as long as school in the US is closed (also has adult titles)

🌏🔗ttps://blog.scribd.com/home/2020/3/17/a-letter-from-the-scribd-ceo-to-our-communityh
Books, audiobooks, magazines, sheet music, and more, free for 30 days: Collection of literally thousands of online books, including all the new bestsellers and popular ones that the free library currently has waitlists for. If you use the link above, free for 30 days (no credit card info required). 

🌏🔗http://www.acctphilly.org/news/slumber-party-faq/
Foster a pet from a local animal shelter

🌏🔗https://logic.puzzlebaron.com
De-stress with brain teasers: Those fun puzzles you used to do in math class with the grid! 

🌏🔗How to Play Jackbox Games with Friends and Family Remotely - Jackbox Games
Jackbox Party Pack on Zoom: Jackbox is a series of game packs that are akin to trivia night at your local pub or boardgame night at your friend’s house. One person needs a copy of the game on their computer and then uses the Screenshare option on Zoom for other players. The other players use their cellphones to answer questions. 

🇬🇧🔗https://twitter.com/nationaltrust/status/1239959453824409602?s=20 
National Trust opening all their gardens for free 

🇬🇧🔗https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/stories/coronavirus/
The RSPB is keeping the majority of its nature reserves open and is waiving car parking charges until further notice (visitor centres and cafes are closed, however). 

🌏🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YfcmgRDbP-Kfrh0-jTyFP2fNWsbNXdJAemblLiCRHdA/edit 
List of Virtual Tours of museums and zoos and other cultural places.

🌏🔗https://t.co/p8w84y0whB?amp=1 
A guide to intimacy during self isolation

🔗 http://quarantino.net/
A website which provides "all you need" resources and links to free or free trial offers that make staying at home bearable. It includes links to reliable COVID-19 information (WHO, official case numbers), entertainment (virtual museum and city tours, games, things to do with kids), mental health & fitness, remedies to feel less alone, tools for effective work, and resources for courses and other learning, including kids education.

https://www.festicket.com/magazine/features/livestream-concerts/
For all the music lovers, specifically electronic dance music, this website lists and provides links, dates, and times of all the upcoming live streams of popular DJ's and related artists.

Handshake Alternatives

  1. Foot Tap
  2. Bow/Curtsey
  3. Vulcan Salute
  4. Army Salute
  5. Wakandan Salute (cross arms over chest)
  6. Right hand on heart
  7. Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqXZ9YoRD50)
  8. Elbow bump
  9. Namaste
  10. East Coast Wave (https://twitter.com/KiriAllan/status/1238718446273064962)
  11. Nanu nanu
  12. Blink