COVID-19 Resources Master List of Master Lists
Hey y’all, this pandemic’s a real asshole. I hope everyone is staying as safe as they can but know some of us are struggling with how we’re going to survive with the resource shortages, inability to work, & general awfulness of it all.
I’ve been accumulating resources & sharing them on my socials, but I figured it would be better to have a hub where you can see everything I’m collecting in one place. From what to do about landlords to how to get more money before they cut those checks & what the checks mean, I’m putting it all here.
For all states: How to ask your landlord for a discount on rent by certified genius Pamela Morgan. Did you know you can ask your landlord for a discount on rent even not during a pandemic (but especially during a pandemic)? Pamela expertly breaks down how to approach your landlord about a rent decrease or postponement & even includes a form letter to make it easy. Don’t be taken advantage of during these times!
If asking nicely isn’t working:
More tenant support Twitter accounts:
LA: https://twitter.com/LATenantsUnion (these folks fight evictions through collective action)
NYC: https://twitter.com/RTCNYC (Right to Counsel org).
There are many more in every state, try Googling “tenants rights” & “tenants union” to find them!
I’m trying to find more resources for unhoused people, please let me know if you come across any & keep donating to your local organizations if you can.
This is what I’ve been using to monitor growth rates of COVID-19.
It’s as accurate as we can get for now. Filterable by country & state. I’d recommend not spending too much time arguing whether or not this is a real phenomenon for mental health reasons but this is a good resource to drop if you must & can help you manage your risk by individual region.
WEAR A MASK: This was one bit of info I was always skeptical about at the beginning when we were told to not wear masks. I had already been wearing them during the bad flu season here & had successful avoided the flu (unlike last year when it got me good). I continued to wear them when COVID-19 started. I am not a doctor but do think there’s a huge benefit from wearing masks (or any covering you can get) at least for preventing touching your face when going out in public & coming back. Here’s a way to make your own no-sew mask with simple household items.
GET YOUR MONEY
Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19 This list is very comprehensive & organized by state.
States like Louisiana & Texas are trying to prevent abortion access during the pandemic. You have a right to protect yourself.
NAF covers abortion access & best practices during Covid-19.
Plan C Pills RU-486 Access Report Card: This site shows & ranks all the places that will ship you RU-486 pills.
Aid Access: One of the most affordable & effective sites for getting access to Misoprostol.
Many people’s housing options are limited right now, so that means having to share space with abusers. There are forums you can access to talk to others during this uncertain time. You are not alone.
LOCATION-BASED RISK MANAGEMENT
This tool from MIT features end-to-end encrypted location data you can share with others to mitigate your risk of contracting COVID-19. You can see if you may have interacted with someone who’s been diagnosed with the virus without seeing who it was & vice versa so your privacy isn’t violated.
CDC Resources: There’s a ton of resources & advice here including hotlines for domestic violence victims & those struggling with suicidal thoughts.
It can be very scary managing mental health even under normal circumstances (what even is “normal”??) but I encourage you first to call/text/dm trusted friends or family who will not resort to calling the cops on you if experiencing distress as this can create even more trauma.
Headspace App: I’ve used this in the past to help manage my PTSD. Very soothing.
BetterHelp vs TalkSpace: A Therapist’s In-Depth Review with Ratings: BetterHelp & Talkspace are both apps I have heard a lot about but have not tried. I don’t take money from either company but think affordable online or mobile-based therapy could really help especially if you aren’t able to see your therapist or are looking to try therapy in a more affordable way.
Stay At Home Take Care: This site gives you a bunch of fun, free activities you can do to pass the time or help other people! They also donate to delivery services for those in need & to a crisis health text line.
Don’t beat yourself up about not doing all the things you thought you’d do. We’re all facing uncertainty, joblessness, fear, etc. It’s fine to sleep all day if you need to.
I’m not a motivational speaker because I’m not going to tell you everything’s gonna be ok. We’re facing dark times currently & ahead, but I hope you find these resources empowering through all the noise. Please share with your loved ones & if you have more to add email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.