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.

You can also check out my regular Favourites Posts, where I talk about what’s been keeping me occupied and entertained, and my Lockdown Playlists of videos that you might find interesting and enjoyable.

Contents


Information & Support

UK Resources

Global Resources

Visually Impaired & Disabled People

These links provide a variety of support and advice for disabled people. Accessible online entertainment is listed further down this page.

You can also find a lot of disability content via my other links pages:

Mental Health

Physical Health

Domestic Violence & Abuse

Shopping

Covid information pages for major retailers:

Community Support & Fundraising

Conspiracies & Misinformation

During a pandemic is perfectly natural to have anxiety, uncertainty and a desire to learn more. But it’s vital to be careful about where you get your information from. The only people who can properly understand and explain the situation are those with extensive educational and career experience in epidemiology, viruses, pandemics, vaccines and statistical analysis, and it’s in the best interests of us (including our governments), to listen to them closely.

Unfortunately, there are lots of unqualified people misinterpreting or ignoring official information, and are instead sharing conspiracy theories and false rumours. This is leading to dangerous behaviour that can make the situation worse for us all. However, these people do have common ways of behaving

  1. Anonymity – Apart from a few high profile people who crave attentin, the vast majority of misinformation spreaders hide behind an anonymous or randomly generated username, and a blank or fake profile image.
  2. Claiming Expertise – They claim to have relevant qualifications, or know others who do, yet they never offer any proof of it.
  3. Unreliable Sources – They will post claims, statistics, charts, screenshots and memes, without giving direct links to the official sources of the information, or they’ll link to conspiracy sites that are clearly biased towards their own views (while also claiming that mainstream media are biased). And when it comes to statistics, they may be ignorantly or deliberately misinterpreting them (you need to be sure how the data was gathered, what it represents, what its limitations are, etc to analyse it).
  4. “Do your own research” – They will often give this response when challenged for evidence, because they don’t have any.
  5. Abuse – They regularly resort to abuse or will block people, instead of having a civil conversation or providing evidence. They especially like to call people names like “sheep”, “shills”, “bedwetters”, “bots”, etc, and may use words like “muzzles” or “face diapers” for masks. “Sheeple” is used to suggest that we’re blindly believing and copying what we’re told, even though that’s exactly what they’re doing!

In addition to the government’s SHARE Checklist, the following advice and fact checking sites may also be useful:


Entertainment

Theatre Shows & Concerts

Museum & Gallery Tours

Also check out my Museum Tours & Talks playlist.

United Kingdom

Europe

America – United States

America – Other Countries

Other Countries

Comedy

Learn New Skills

Fun & Games