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Updated 18th March 2020

It’s a tough time for people with uncertainty about the effect of Coronavirus and fear about jobs and potentially having to stay home. That uncertainty is exacerbated by the fact that our control over our own individual worlds seems very limited.

But there are always things that we can do, actions we can take.

Health

Do not rely on a random ursine writing on the Internet for advice on health, instead go straight to the official guidance.

Public Health England

GOV.UK

GOV.IE

Personal

Some ideas on how to manage anxiety during the outbreak.

Another excellent guide to coping with anxiety.

If you are C of E then you might find this useful.

If you are a bear and therefore a Catholic then this will be useful.

A really useful Twitter thread for those worried about being in isolation with a violent partner

Work

These are sources of information and guidance for people and companies affected by the outbreak.

Federation of Small Businesses

BEIS

Facebook Group for freelancers

IPSE

Tools

If you have to work from home then there are tools that can help with collaboration and keeping in contact with colleagues and friends.

Working Remotely

Zoho are offering a complete suite of remote working tools for free until 1st July 2020.

Document Creation and Editing

Google Docs

Microsoft Office

Group Chat

Slack

Microsoft Teams

Videoconferencing

Skype

Zoom

Team Collaboration

Notion

Sharing Files

Microsoft OneDrive

Google Drive

Family

If you have relatives or friends who are not very technically literate then you can keep in touch using Amazon’s Alexa devices or Google’s Nest devices.

Google Nest Hub

Amazon Alexa

The Amazon Alexa has a “Drop In” function which may be useful with vulnerable people but you must seek their agreement first.

Children

If you have an iPad, iPod or iPhone then Apple Arcade is a curated £5 a month service which provides over 100 mobile games and you can try it for free.

YouTube Makers Club. By kids for kids.

For bitesized children, the BBC CBeebies website is full of games and activities.

And there is the CBeebies iPlayer too.

For snack sized and older, there is the BBC CBBC website

And the CBBC iPlayer.

Archive.org has the Internet Arcade with classic arcade games you can play in your browser.

RaspberryPi have a whole site full of projects.

And if you need to keep children out of a room then why not use this useful sign:

Relaxation

It is important to find ways of feeling human (or ursine) even when working from home or if you are socially isolating yourself.

Everyone will have their own ways to do so, here are some of mine.

Reading

You can support local bookshops either directly or by using Hive.

Music

You can support bands and musicians by buying from Bandcamp.

Groove Salad from Soma.FM

Groove Salad Classic from Soma.FM

You will something for all tastes on Soma.FM, from ambient to synth pop nostalgia.

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 6

There are lots of playlists on Spotify and you can find some of mine here.

Spoken Word

BBC Radio 4 Extra

For podcasts I use BBC Sounds and PocketCasts

Background

Sometimes you just want something on in the background

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