Hi, team. Coronavirus/COVID-19 is here, and it’s happening.
And I’ll be real. I’m scared. I was in denial, even when scientists said “it’s going to spread, it’s going to spread” I, and I think everyone else in the country, thought “but we’ll be OK.”
As my therapist will always tell me in a scary situation–
In a scenario where we don’t have enough information, when we still don’t know the ending, we should operate under the assumption that the ending WILL be just fine, while still taking precautions. (A little bit of “hope for the best, prepare for the worst,” but tell yourself the ending will be OK, even when you’re panicking.)
I was born and raised in the Mormon faith tradition and their culture is ALL. ABOUT. PREPAREDNESS. Growing up, we had activities where we learned how to help our families prepare for disasters and emergencies (seems kind of strange for 7-year-olds in retrospect), but I’m glad I was a part of these, because those, along with my therapist’s advice, have helped me enter a kind of zen state of mind where I focus mostly on wanting others to wash their damn hands and stay at home.
This state of mind has also allowed me to engage in really uncomfortable conversations with people where I challenge their thinking about this pandemic. Some people want to take this opportunity where the world is bunkering down and isolating to take advantage of cheap flights to go on vacation. That doesn’t fly with me (no pun intended.) I’ve been calling people out and it’s really uncomfortable, but it’s necessary.
I invite you all to do the same, because this is how we keep people safe. Social isolation, staying in place, eliminating as much contact as possible, is how we eliminate the spread of disease. Wash your hands. Don’t shake hands. Sneeze and cough into your elbow or a tissue.
Below are resources I am collecting to help inform you all and help you feel empowered. I will update this regularly, and try to keep it full of relevant information for those of us with dysautonomia.
Don’t panic, but do take every precaution.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) via CDC
- Coronavirus via WHO
- Coronavirus and Dysautonomia via Dysautonomia International *
- Coronavirus Resource Center via Harvard Medical School
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University
- The Coronavirus Outbreak – The New York Times
- Map: Coronavirus and School Closures via Education Week
- Stay The F– At Home
articles & think pieces
- Cancel Everything via The Atlantic
- Coronavirus and Dysautonomia: What You Need to Know Part 1 by Dr Svtetlana Blitshteyn at The Dysautonomia Clinic
- Coronavirus and Dysautonomia: What You Need to Know Part 2 by Dr Svtetlana Blitshteyn at The Dysautonomia Clinic
- Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now via NPR
- The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’ via The Atlantic
- Fox News’s dangerous decision to downplay the threat of coronavirus via Vox
- He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them via The New York Times
- How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart, via Vox
- How to Care for Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Lockdown via Slate
- How Millennials Are Talking To Their Boomer Relatives About The Coronavirus via BuzzFeed
- How epidemics like covid-19 end (and how to end them faster) via The Washington Post
- I’m In The Vulnerable Class For COVID-19. A Plea To Take This Virus Seriously. via LegalNomads
- Please Stop Treating Me Like I’m Disposable When You Talk About The Coronavirus via HuffPost
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” via The Washington Post
- Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day via Medium
- You Have A Fever And A Dry Cough. Now What? via NPR
- Young and Unafraid of the Coronavirus? Good for You. Now Stop Killing People. via Newsweek
tweets & twitter threads
Going out and socializing right now is like drunk driving. You’re not just endangering yourself, you’re endangering everyone around you. Because if you pick up the virus, you’re giving it a free ride to silently multiply and spread to others, even if *you* don’t feel sick.
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) March 19, 2020
It's surreal watching people you care about continue to go out to bars and talk about being "free" to live their lives. Crises have a way of revealing people's commitment to protecting strangers around them — how much a person views themselves as part of a larger community.
— Carlos Maza 🌹 (@gaywonk) March 15, 2020
• show no signs of illness
• not be affected by contraction
• never even know you have the virus
…and still carry it around and infect others.
Stop going to bars and restaurants. The sooner we contain the virus, the sooner we can resume the rest.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) March 15, 2020
Hey abled people, did you know these Corona provisions aren’t all about you? They are about keeping us chronically ill safe from you. When you don’t follow a recommendation because you feel you would be fine, you contribute to its spreading. That selfishness will kill us.
— Maddie (@williams_madd) March 13, 2020
Some of y’all have never been disappointed that you can’t go to an event you wanted to due to circumstances that are out of your hands and it SHOWS
— Shelby Hintze (@ShelbyHintze) March 12, 2020
I saw my friend on Insta on a cruise & I was like “uh oh she’s disobeying the CDC & gonna get the ‘rona™️” & sure enough two days later she’s back on insta like “I’m being sent home bc I have the coronavirus”
EVERYONE !!! BE CAREFUL !!! DO WHAT THE CDC SAYS !!!
— Cal (@calvinjburke) March 14, 2020
Isolation = you have tested positive for the virus
Quarantine = you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus & are waiting to see if you develop symptoms
Social distancing = something everyone can do to reduce the risk of transmission
— Renée Yoxon (they/them) (@reneeyoxon) March 14, 2020
- A Dermatologist’s Survival guide to #COVIDー19 handwashing via @RoxanaDaneshjou
- So my hospital tried to order ventilators … we had to order body bags instead. via @Doc_Wolverine
- Tips on food preparation and safety from a food service employee via @dylan_thyme
- Veteran Jason Kander’s story on how today’s social distancing reminds him of the DC Sniper in 2002
- What to say/not say to the immunocompromised in the middle of this pandemic via @shirastrongin
- Why the second week of March was the most critical week to practice as much social distancing as possible, and how to prevent spread of coronavirus via @tina_nguyen
- Why you should care about COVID19 via @shirastrongin
- Coronavirus via Last Week Tonight (Mar 1, 2020)
- Coronavirus Is A PANDEMIC….Technically via Doctor Mike (Mar 1, 2020)
- Doctor Fact-Checks Media On Coronavirus via Doctor Mike (Mar 8, 2020)
- Novel Coronavirus explained via ABC News (Mar 10, 2020)
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Panic Doesn’t Serve Any Purpose via Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Mar 12, 2020)
- Rep. Katie Porter secures promise from Trump official that coronavirus testing will be free (Mar 13, 2020)
- Health Minister Patty Hajdu on why enacting wide travel bans and border shutdowns aren’t productive via Twitter (Mar 13, 2020)
Coronavirus II via Last Week Tonight (Mar 15, 2020)
- Coronavirus Q&A for the Dysautonomia Community via Dysautonomia International (Mar 16, 2020)
- Only People With Perfect Hygiene Can Get A Perfect Score On This Handwashing Quiz via Buzzfeed
- Social Distance: The Game
- Wash Your Damn Hands Coloring Pages via @AuntMarvel
ways to help/ways to receive help
- Cloth and Homemade Mask Resource List: make or receive homemade masks
- COVID-19 Fundraiser for D.C. Food Banks via GoFundMe
- Donate Blood via Red Cross
- Donate Food via Feeding America
- Donate to users on this Twitter thread who are short on money for food and supplies
- Donate to disabled Twitter users on this Twitter thread
- Where D.C., Maryland & Virginia kids can get free meals during the COVID-19 shutdown
last updated Mar 21, 2020 at 9:30 PM