Potentially useful links relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19) gathered by The F-Word team

We hope all F-Word readers are bearing up in these unprecedented times. We thought we’d gather a few links to resources / ideas / articles in one place in case it was useful. We’ll keep adding to this we find things. Stay safe out there.

Practical – financial

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights/ – coronavirus financial help & rights information from MoneySavingExpert
https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/ – advice on claiming benefits
https://fizz.typepad.com/the_fizz_blog/2020/03/a-round-up-of-help-available-to-sole-traders-and-partners-in-partnerships.html – a round-up of help available to sole traders and partners in partnerships

Practical – for specific groups

https://www.nmdunited.org/covid-19-guide – US-based plan and preparation guide for adults living with neuromuscular disabilities
https://action.asthma.org.uk/page/58019/donate/1 – Asthma UK coronavirus (Covid-19): your guide to social shielding (also has link to donate)
Covid-19 Safety Advice for Survivors from Women’s Aid – https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-safety-advice-for-survivors/
http://rosauk.org/2020/03/31/coronavirus-funding-resources-and-updates-from-rosa/ – women-focused funding, resources, and updates from Rosa

Practical – other

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/ – useful information from Citizens Advice
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults? – government guidance on social distancing
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance – Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (Covid-19) infection
https://fullfact.org/health/wuhan-coronavirus/ – Fact-checking site where you can make sure the information you’re reading online is accurate
https://twitter.com/MamaMeetsPod/status/1239364749122514944 – helpful hygiene tips from daughter of a microbiologist
https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1241134713575800834 – WHO Health Alert brings Covid-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp
Small businesses delivering UK-wide – https://www.thelondoner.me/2020/03/farm-to-table-alternative-grocery-delivery-ideas.html
https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker – NHS symptom checker

Mutual aid

https://covidmutualaid.org/ – mutual aid groups
https://freedomnews.org.uk/covid-19-uk-mutual-aid-groups-a-list/ – more (the same?) mutual aid groups
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/16/community-aid-groups-set-up-across-uk-amid-coronavirus-crisis – article on community / mutual aid groups
Talk to someone stuck at home on the phone from your computer – https://quarantinechat.com/
https://www.beonhand.co.uk/ – get help from, refer someone to or volunteer for On Hand (help for older people)
Sign up to become an NHS Volunteer Responder: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

Mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799 – managing mental health from BBC News
https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety – strategies for anxiety
https://www.mind.org.uk/ – Mind, the mental health charity
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19 – government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Petitions and fundraising

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/a-basic-income-for-all-citizens-during-the-coronavirus-crisis-months – basic income petition
https://www.swarmcollective.org/donate – sex worker hardship fund
https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/in-this-together – fundraising for help for homeless people
https://www.anothermag.com/fashion-beauty/12362/help-indya-moore-raise-money-for-trans-people-of-colour-facing-coronavirus – help model and actor Indya Moore raise money for trans people of colour facing coronavirus
Donate to your local food bank: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
COVID-19 LGBTQI Global Solidarity Fund – https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/COVID19-LGBTQI-Fund
Fundraiser for booksellers affected by Covid-19 – https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-booksellers-covid-19

Learning

https://www.jstor.org/open/ – open access to JSTOR
https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/here-are-380-ivy-league-courses-you-can-take-online-right-now-for-free-9b3ffcbd7b8c/ – 450 free online Ivy League courses
https://www.cambridge.org/about-us/covid-19/ – free textbooks and other resources from Cambridge University Press
https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/ – free access to Project Muse partner journals (most until 30 June 2020)
https://learn.brook.org.uk/ – free e-learning resources
Dozens of free MOOCs (massive online open course) from universities, including new courses on Covid-19: https://www.futurelearn.com/
Free courses from the Open University – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

Entertainment – music

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/livestreaming-concerts-coronavirus-967802/ – livestreamed concerts
https://gigs.guide/live – streamed live music from around the world

Entertainment – museums

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours – museums with virtual tours

Entertainment – stage

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/ – opera streams from the Met
https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/ – virtual festival
https://gumroad.com/netflips – video rental of independent circus productions from around the world
Dance company Alvin Ailey streaming videos of performances and dance classes – https://www.alvinailey.org/
The National Theatre is streaming plays every Thursday – https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

Entertainment – film

Renting films from Curzon Home Cinema (£7.99 or £9.99, or less if you have a membership)
Mubi is doing a three month trial for £1, giving access to lots of free old, foreign and independent films, and others you can rent for a few quid (one reader suggests you can add a note when you sign up that they should stop screening films by Roman Polanski)
BFI Flare, the LGBTIQ+ film festival has moved to BFI Player

Entertainment – books

https://blog.scribd.com/home/2020/3/17/a-letter-from-the-scribd-ceo-to-our-community – free access to Scribd’s digital library for 30 days
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kwDGZFH2-jFr4xZ2ynxQkihYwIVh_uZlp1-Q73uXzso/edit – a list of radical books and articles on black radicalism, racial capitalism, imperialism, gender and sexuality studies from @queersocialism
https://isolationfest.org/2020/03/20/about-us/ – Isolation Literary Festival, 16-19 April 2020 (submissions to become a performer are open until midnight on 6 April)
https://www.tiltedaxispress.com/blog/online-book-club – translated fiction online book club from Tilted Axis Press (starting 26 March 2020)
Naomi Klein has made her book The Shock Doctrine available as a Kindle Edition for 99 – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shock-Doctrine-Rise-Disaster-Capitalism-ebook/dp/B00NQIG8I6/
12 independent bookshops in London offering home deliveries (and one delivering UK-wide) – https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/best-independent-bookshops-in-london-a4393251.html
The O, Miami Poetry Festival is online from 1-30 April, including activities for kids (some free sessions, some pay what you can) – https://www.omiami.org/?mc_cid=3ade07e038&mc_eid=d08bbe6374

For children

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z5H2sbcKd-j076UrILGU-hYLCJys3JOOM-ydyhva4Ts/edit – things to do with children at home, compiled by Gemma Murray
http://mimbre.co.uk/physical-and-creative-kids-activities-covid-19/ – physical and creative kids’ activities
https://officiallondontheatre.com/family-theatre/ – family theatre-based fun

Other

https://www.talenthouse.com/i/united-nations-global-call-out-to-creatives-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19 – United Nations global call out to creatives (deadline 9 April, no fee)

This post was first published on 18 March and updated frequently, most recently 12 April.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash. It shows some bubbles in someone’s hands.