Covid-19 Resources


This page contains a wide selection of information, support and entertainment links, which I hope you find useful during these strange times. If there’s anything else you think I should add, do let me know.

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Contents

Information & Support

Entertainment & Connections


Important Information

UK – Government

UK – NHS

I also strongly recommend downloading the COVID Symptom Tracker App. It’s not an NHS app – it’s run by King’s College and other partners – but it’s a very important research tool for tracking the nation’s health. Simply open it each day, answer a couple of questions about your current wellbeing, and that’s it.

UK – BBC

UK – Citizens Advice

Global

Educational Videos


Visually Impaired & Disabled People

Here you’ll find a variety of links giving help and support to disabled people. Accessible online entertainment is included in the relevant sections further down the page.

Organisations & Resources

Personal Experiences

Other Articles, Blog Posts & Videos


Other Advice & Support

Mental Health

Physical Health

Domestic Violence & Abuse

Shopping

Volunteering & Community Support

Fundraisers

Scams

Conspiracies & Misinformation

Fear and uncertainty about the virus, lockdowns, restrictions and vaccines, and the subsequent desire to learn more, is perfectly natural, given that this is such an unprecedented and scary event. And it’s also fair to say that governments have really struggled to get a grip on it, so there are trust issues there as well.

However, this has led to a lot of people misinterpreting information and believing conspiracy theories and false rumours they’ve found online, a lot of which have been posted maliciously to cause harm in the first place. They then go on to share their ‘findings’ with others, via social media, WhatsApp, etc, thus spreading the lies and anxiety even further. And this in turn results in dangerous behaviour, with people ignoring the rules, refusing vaccines, etc.

So please be extremely careful about what you read and share, and check out the links below for lots more information. The only people who can fully understand the situation, and who we should therefore rely on, are those who have gained extensive experience and knowledge of epidemiology, viruses, pandemics and vaccines, through a bare minimum of degree-level education in those very specific subjects, and a long career in such a dedicated role. Experience in other areas of science isn’t enough in itself – no scientist can fully understand areas in which they don’t personally specialise.

Conspiracy theorists and malicious spreaders of false information are often easy to spot, because they have very common traits. If you see a post on social media that causes alarm, for instance, have a look through other posts they’ve been writing and sharing, and you’ll soon see what ‘expertise’ they have. And in general, such people will often:

  1. Hide behind an anonymous or randomly generated username, and a blank or fake profile image. Why are such people scared to reveal who they are?
  2. Claim that they have relevant qualifications, or that they know other people who do, or will share posts by other people who claim to be qualified. Yet there is no proof whatsoever of their credentials.
  3. Make claims, post screenshots and share memes (images with text added), without linking to any official sources, or only linking to conspiracy sites.
  4. Respond to requests for evidence by telling you to “do your own research”, being abusive or blocking you. This means they don’t have any concrete evidence to provide, otherwise they would gladly do so without argument.
  5. Claim that the mainstream media are biased, while sharing content from conspiracy sites, anti-government sites, obscure media outlets that you’ve never heard of, and social media accounts, all of which are clearly biased to their own views and don’t fairly discuss all sides.
  6. Use terms like “sheep”, “shills”, “bedwetters” and “bots” and other forms of abuse, and words like “muzzles” or “face diapers” for masks, in reference to those of us who are following the rules, as they feel we’re blindly believing what we’re told and are copying everyone else. Whereas conspiracy theorists will instead follow anyone who shares their views, readily believing and copying whatever they share, and they share the predictable behaviour traits mentioned above, but that’s completely different apparently.

The following links will help to dispel a lot of the conspiracies, myths and false information out there.


Arts & Culture

Theatre Shows & Concerts – Online Streams

Some shows are only available for a limited period. Please read the descriptions of videos carefully to ensure you don’t miss out.

Museums, Galleries & Attractions – Virtual Tours

Also check out my Museum Tours & Talks playlist.

United Kingdom

Europe

America – United States

America – Other Countries

Other Countries


Entertainment

Comedy

Music

Playlists:

Staying Interactive & Connected

Learn New Skills

Virtual Parties & Gatherings

Quizzes

Games

Live Streams

Reading

Even More Ideas & Links