COVID-19 Resources 🦠
Hi friends. I haven't written anything about coronavirus, as there is so much already out there. All I can say is to please trust reputable resources (that is, scientists and clinicians working in public health areas).
To that end, I wanted to compile a (non-exhaustive) list of some resources for you to stay sanitized and sane.
🧼 Guide to cleaning
Surely you've spent the better part of the month cleaning, organizing and even sanitizing. But there are some downsides to all the cleaning products out there, so check out this guide to help you clear the clutter safely.
🧘 Mental Wellness:
It's so important to keep stress at bay for your immune system to function at its best. Getting enough sleep should be top of list for immuno-boosting the brain and body. But sometimees we need a little guidance to get through the long days and weeks of #quarantinelife.
Calm offers guided meditations and sleep stories.
Conscious City Guide offers live streamed gatherings to cultivate mental wellness.
The Wing Co-working spaces pivoted to digital events (some free to non-members), you can be sure to learn and continue to feel a part of a working women's community.
Ceremony Meditation has a schedule of live streamed classes from soundbaths to meditations.
🥬 Sourcing Food (LA focused):
This picture shows my bounty from one small CSA box delivered to my home. I found amazingly fresh veggies that I normally wouldn't have purchased (like Tokyo turnips and French breakfast radishes!) that I am now incorporating into healthy and mostly vegan gourmet dishes.
CSA boxes from County Line Harvest are my go-to!
- Westside delivery from Rockenwagner comes with some delicious fresh-baked bread.
- Eastside delivery from Flamingo Estate
Narrative Foods curated produce and provisions boxes.
Suprmrkt is a low cost organic grocery servicing low income communities in LA. Still operating for pickup and delivery.
The Eater LA guide to getting CSA boxes.
Centr appears to have pretty good content and includes meditations for kids narrated by Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth.
Nike NTC is free for the time being.
Equinox also live streams classes on Instagram.
🤸 Refillable Goods:
It's not easy sticking to your sustainable routine these days, but these companies make it easy for you. Don't stress if you have to use a plastic bag, but some easy swaps at home can reduce your overall impact:
(East Coast) Loopstore has your everyday faves, delivered and refilled.
Refill those tiny hand sanitizer bottles with byHumankind
Blueland Refillable cleaning? Yes, please!
(Venice Beach) R(eco)ntained is my neighborhood go-to for #zerowaste swaps.
So now it seems everyone and their grandmother are making masks. In a way, that's a good thing, but rest assured most of these home-made masks won't prevent you from inhaling coronavirus in nanoparticles. They are meant to keep your own droplets contained. The best recourse is washing with soap and water after you've been outside the home (hands, clothes, hair...may as well shower every time you come home). But for heading out to public spots, masks are required (in some cities), so you may as well have the kind that is extra protective - leaving the N95 and medical ones to our health workers.
Hedley and Bennett Wake up and Fight mask - I ordered one weeks ago because they were one of the first LA producers. They also worked with a medical doctor and the mask has pocket for an extra filter. I used a vacuum HEPA filter and feel more protected than cloth alone.
Jaanu - Purveryors of medical scrubs, they also have antimicrobial fabric masks for pre-order.
Buckmason A local Venice, CA brand with antimicrobial fibers woven into the cotton.
(EU/UK) Airinum - Swedish designed multi-layer filter technology with active carbon, to filter up to PM 2.5.
Avocado mattress - The fabric here is GOTS-certified organic, but what I like most about it is that the elastic doesn't go around the ears which can be uncomfortable and less secure. It's also family friendly so you can buy a pack in adult and kid sizes.
I'm new at this whole parenting thing, so we are still busy looking at the washing machine 50 times a day. But for those with older kids, here are some good resources that should keep everyone organized and curious.
PBS has an app that encourages kids to see the science in their world - even if it's limited to their backyard.
826 Digital is part of the nonprofit 826 National, which helps youngsters become better writers. This digital portal is full of lessons, projects, stories and resources to motivate a love of the written word.
(UK) BBC Bitesize has new Maths and English lessons available every day for students of all ages.
Khan Academy - Leaders in online learning, you will find plenty of resources and schedules to make the home as good as any school.
City Nature Challenge: The Natural History Museum and the Cal Academy of Sciences helps you look for, find, attract, and document nature in your house, yard or neighborhood.
I hope you find this list helpful. Most of all, we need to tap into our own internal resources more than ever to stay strong for our families and communities. Stay safe and take care of each other 💛