I’m putting together a list of resources for people to use as they deal with various aspects of life under social distancing during a pandemic. If there are other pieces you have found useful that fill a gap in this guide, feel free to email me or reach out on Twitter: @jake_meador
David Beauchamp’s post on the front page is helpful if you are feeling uncertain about how to think about COVID-19 as a Christian.
What Restrictions We Need to Defeat COVID-19
Preparing for COVID-19 to Strike the US
Social Distancing: This is not a snow day.
Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and How to Flatten the Curve
What Workers are Most at Risk of Infection
A helpful thread on why this week is especially important for social distancing:
I have a very close friend who’s a researcher studying public health at a major NGO, and he told me that this was THE week to practice as much social distancing as possible, even if you don’t have to go to work.
I asked him to explain why. Sharing his answers w/ permission (1/x)
— Tina Nguyen (@tina_nguyen) March 14, 2020
Spiritual Care Under Social Distancing
Bria Sandford put together a very good playlist of songs for this season:
Ben Makuh: Church at Home: What to do with your family if you’re quarantined
If your church is struggling with the temporary move to online services, this guide from Faithlife may be helpful.
Another friend of mine compiled a list of prayers published by the Church of England during a season of plague in 1563: Form for Plagues
Still another friend alerted me to this letter written by Martin Luther addressing a pastor friend on how he should respond to an outbreak of plague: Luther on Plague
Betsy Childs has a playlist for kids:
How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19
How to Homeschool During a Pandemic
BrainPop and BrainPopJr are available for free during the pandemic.
How to Stock Your Pantry and Pantry Meal Recipes via Eleanor Barkhorn
How to Prepare for Extended School Closings
Aerial America: A Documentary Series from the Smithsonian
The Best Documentaries to Watch with Kids
Jerram Barrs’s List of Children’s Books
How to Write Letters to People in Prison:
for those relatively lucky people who are not in immediate physical or economic danger & actually face free moments for the first time they can remember, here is a suggestion for how to be useful from home (besides "jump on the bernie dialer" ofc): write to a person in prison.
— Phil Christman🌹 (@phil_christman) March 12, 2020
Andy Crouch’s post, Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Leader’s Guide, is clear, careful, and well worth your time.
Phil Christman shared a helpful guide on building neighborhood pods.
This is a form letter you can use, just fill in the blanks with your information, and distribute it in your neighborhood.