Safer COVID Sex Elevator Speech Resources

by Reid on September 26, 2020

Iconic image above of John Cusak from 1989's Say Anything with him holding a boombox above his head, updated to COVID pandemic times by a light-blue surgical mask photoshopped over his face

Resources for Safer COVID Sex

In an effort to support my own learning during the COVID-19 situation, and because I have nerdy/geeky tendencies towards using learning as a form of self-regulation, preparation, and empowerment… And because I’d like to have Safer COVID Sex during the pandemic… I’ve been looking for and finding some resources that have been HUGELY helpful to me.

It felt appropriate to collect them in one post to make it easier to access and share.

[I will add new things I find to list with an EDITED TO ADD denoting it. List placement is where I think it makes the most sense and use and not when added chronologically. I will endeavor not to add too many links as I know lists like this can be overwhelming, and, chances are, you’re already (and have already) read/watched/listened to plenty. If I remove any entries for whatever reason, I’ll list them at the bottom in a “Removed” section. <3 Please take care of yourself.]

I’ve done my best to confirm that what I’m sharing is medically accurate, psychologically sound, and will reduce harm rather than spread panic—Please endeavor to do the same!

And PLEASE try to be kind to one another. This INCLUDES BEING KIND TO YOURSELF. Inform yourself as you have the bandwidth. Trying to learn EVERYTHING in one sitting isn’t healthy. We all have limits—Myself included (even though I don’t want to admit it!). Everyone has their own unique struggles. And those struggles, just like my struggles, are invisible to onlookers. This pandemic won’t be over in one night, so remember to pace yourself and take care.

My wish is that these resources help you and your loved ones as much as they’ve been helping me. Please share as you feel called to.

Lastly, if you didn’t know already, I grew up in a fairly chaotic and unreliable household for a substantial chunk of my childhood… This is why I resonated with Sara Benincasa’s Tweet when I saw it… 

screenshot of a tweet by Sara Benincasa

Resources…

Harvard’s How Severe Is The Pandemic Where You Live? tool

GlobalEpidemics.org—How Severe Is The Pandemic Where You Live? tool

Website post: How To Have Sex in The COVID-19-Coronavirus Pandemic

For all your sexy sex geeks… This post needs no explanation as to why it’s important!
https://thecrankyqueer.substack.com/p/how-to-have-sex-in-the-covid-19-coronavirus
Shout out to The Cranky Queer Guide to Chronic Illness for putting that together! 

Article: The Atlantic’sHow We Survive the Winter

The Atlantic article,  How We Survive the Winter, by James Hamblin, M.D. 

New York City’s COVID-19 Sex Guidance PDF

Safer Sex and COVID-19 – NYC.gov PDF

Podcast: You Are Not So Smart podcast – The COVID vaccine episode

YANSS Episode 189 – Why we must use social science to fight misinformation, partisanship, conspiratorial thinking, and general confusion when we finally have a vaccine for COVID-19

Podcast: Radiolab’s Dispatches from 1918

I found this July 17, 2020 podcast episode covering 1918’s Spanish Flu epidemic very useful for understanding pandemics a little better.

Resource List: Resources to Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

http://psychiatry.ucsf.edu/coronavirus

Website post: Taking Care of Your Mental Health In The Face of Uncertainty

Hat tip to Damon Holzum for his Facebook post: “Good, simple advice. And… […] use the acronym STOP: Stop, Take a breath, Observe and plan, Proceed.” https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty
Thank you AFSP.org for all that you do!

Webinar: Dealing with the Fear of the Unpredictable

Rick Wilkes and Cathy Vartuli of Thriving Now ~ Emotional Freedom for All put a call/webinar together… Thank you for this, Cathy & Rick!
https://www.ThrivingNow.com/dealing-with-the-fear-of-the-unpredictable

Reid’s Massive List of Other Resources Being Used By Friends & Nerds…

Sources:
https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them
43https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-long-will-coronavirus-survive-on-surfaces/
44https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7201236/
45https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/well/family/coronavirus-pandemic-hug-mask.html
46https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-risky-is-a-hug-right-now-2020062520329
47https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/06/05/hugging
48https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7185834/
49https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/continuing-coverage/coronavirus/new-study-shows-effectiveness-of-different-types-of-masks
50https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0016018
51https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30196-1/fulltext
52https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/14/how-much-of-the-coronavirus-does-it-take-to-make-you-sick/
53https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/if-youve-been-exposed-to-the-coronavirus
54https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/well/live/putting-the-risk-of-covid-19-in-perspective.html
55https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/crunching-numbers-real-risks-dying-covid-19/
56https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/2020/07/01/research-determines-protests-did-not-cause-spike-in-coronavirus-cases/#528e1d0b7dac
57https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51736185
58https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-08-05/is-it-safe-to-fly-here-are-the-odds-of-catching-covid-on-a-plane
59https://www.wsj.com/articles/all-your-coronavirus-travel-questions-answered-11582980999
60https://www.businessinsider.com/is-flying-safe-right-now-coronavirus#so,-is-flying-safe-right-now?
61https://www.businessinsider.com/how-japan-tackled-coronavirus-without-a-lockdown-2020-5
62https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
63https://www.heart.org/en/news/2020/05/04/is-it-safe-to-go-to-the-hospital-during-covid-19-pandemic-doctors-say-yes
64https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-covid-19-hospital-visits/
65https://www.fastcompany.com/90537481/this-diy-mask-test-kit-finds-that-your-neck-fleece-isnt-really-helping
66https://www.vox.com/the-goods/21356150/american-men-wont-wear-masks-covid-19
67https://www.businessinsider.com/who-fabric-masks-need-3-layers-to-curb-coronavirus-spread-2020-6
68https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016041202031254X?via%3Dihub
69https://www.fastcompany.com/90538531/this-is-the-safest-indoor-space-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19-according-to-a-mechanical-engineer
70https://www.vox.com/the-goods/21358558/covid-19-masks-n95-washing-laundry-germs
71https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/23/894670842/how-long-will-immunity-to-the-coronavirus-last#:~:text=It%20finds%20that%2090%25%20of,the%20scientists%20on%20that%20study.
72https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/could-covid-19-immunity-really-disappear-months/614377/
73https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/concerns-about-waning-covid-19-immunity-are-likely-overblown/
74https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center

Potential Support: If you would like more focused support from me…

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Resources for my fellow educators, event producers, artists and entrepreneurs…

Website post: How to Protect Your Online 12 Step Meeting against Trolls, Zoom Bombers and Griefers

Great post for all virtual facilitators using Zoom right now… https://medium.com/@nanea/how-to-protect-your-online-12-step-meeting-against-trolls-zoom-bombers-and-griefers-53ffe08b529c

Website post: Things to think about as an event producer…

Hat tip to Rachel Rickards for this informative post for event producers that she shared with me on Facebook… 
https://commchat.substack.com/p/communities-events-and-the-impact

Free online course: Let’s Make an Online Course…

The idea of making an online course about making an online course while YOU make an online course is SO meta to me! One of the ways I self-regulate and find grounding is to merge helping others with creating things tools and courses that alleviate people’s challenges… A LOT of my friends and peers get paid from organizing or performing in-person at IRL (In Real Life) LIVE events. Many had their livelihoods canceled, which inspired me to help them figure out how they can bring their brilliance to their fans and followers virtually (and, hopefully, help them make some rent money)… Are you an event planner, teacher or performer? Join us for this free “How to make an online course” training…
https://reidaboutsex.mykajabi.com/lets-make-an-online-course

Image of a young, black woman wearing nerdy glasses, standing against a blackboard, holding an open laptop with sex geeky stickers on it. Drawn in chalk on the blackboard behind her: big muscular arms flexing their biceps.

Paid 6-week online facilitation and virtual workshop skills course for educators: Virtual Conservatory

If facilitating online workshops and upping your virtual teaching skills will help you pay the bills, let’s build your confidence and online teaching savvy so YOU can give GREAT Zoom that has attendees and clients coming back for more!
http://ReidAboutSex.com/are-you-coming-to-virtual-conservatory

6-Week Online Facilitation and Virtual Workshop Teaching Skills for Sex-Positive Educators!

Paid 6-week business skills course for educators: Virtual Camp

If you were thinking about coming to Sex Geek Summer Camp, let CAMP come to YOU! http://ReidAboutSex.com/are-you-coming-to-virtual-camp

Logo for Reid Mihalko's Virtual Camp 6-week online business and marketing course in the style of the Star Wars poster with the words "Virtual Camp" in the Star Wars font outlined in yellow against a black background with "warp-drive" blurred white star streaks and the text "Sex Geek Summer Camp Presents" ( VIRTUAL CAMP) "6-week business and marketing training" in solid yellow letters above and below the Star Wars letters
6-Week Online Business & Marketing Skills for Sex-Positive Educators!

Article: I need you to read this and decide about Coronavirus

I think this article is REALLY useful reading for all event producers and workshop leaders… Please give it a read and let me know what you think!
https://medium.com/@phoebetickell/i-need-you-to-read-this-and-decide-about-coronavirus-6dd184745b33

Facebook LIVE: Social Distancing and Taking Your Events Virtual During COVID-19 with Cassandra J. Perry

Thank you for visiting this resource page. I hope this post was useful for you. If you feel inspired, please share it with your friends, communities and loved ones. And also feel free to email me – Reid (at) ReidAboutSex.com – and let me know what was useful for you or if you want to pass along other resources and recommendations.

Thank you for getting this far, and thank you for making the world a better place.

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