Some C-19 Resources…

by Reid on March 15, 2020

Screenshot from @ReidAboutSex' Instagram account of a Star Trek meme showing half a dozen redshirt crew members waiting for the turbo-elevator to arrive along with the meme caption, “The first wave of people waiting to go back to social gatherings.”

In an effort to support myself during the COVID-19 situation, and because I have nerdy/geeky tendencies towards using learning as a form of self-regulation, preparation, and empowerment… 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 as I find them and as current science & protocol information changes. List placement is where I think it makes the most sense/is most useful and not necessarily 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.

RESOURCES NOW THAT FOLKS ARE GETTING VACCINATED

Here are several resources that I’m finding useful for myself as I figure out how I’m going to navigate coming back “into society” after the pandemic. Hope these help! And PLEASE scroll down and check out the “before there was a vaccine” list of resources, articles and podcasts… They may be helpful for your friends and loved ones who are still struggling with understanding the pandemic and things like the Swiss Cheese Model of pandemic defense (of which, getting vaccinated becomes a piece we add to it, not “the sole solution.”).

CNN – Fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, new CDC guidance says

Article Link

CNN – Ongoing trial shows Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine remains highly effective after six months

Article Link

Need Help Understanding Guideline Caveats for Live, Indoor Events?

NBC Bay Area – How to Handle Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

WashingtonPost.com – Pfizer, Moderna vaccines are 90% effective after two doses in study of real-life conditions, CDC confirms

Quick blurb excerpt in case you don’t have time to read the article… WashingtonPost.com, 3/29/21

In a study of about 4,000 health-care personnel, police, firefighters and other essential workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the vaccines reduced the risk of infection by 80 percent after one shot. Protection increased to 90 percent following the second dose. The findings are consistent with clinical trial results and studies showing strong effectiveness in Israel and the United Kingdom, and in initial studies of health-care workers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and in Southern California.

The CDC report is significant, experts said, because it analyzed how well the vaccines worked among a diverse group of front-line working-age adults whose jobs make them more likely to be exposed to the virus and to spread it.

StatNews.com – Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson

Quick blurb excerpt on the two main vaccines… From StatNews, Feb 2, 2021

Vaccine efficacy

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown astonishing — and essentially equivalent — degrees of efficacy, at least in the early stages after vaccination.

The Pfizer vaccine showed efficacy of 95% at preventing symptomatic Covid infection after two doses. The vaccine appeared to be more or less equally protective across age groups and racial and ethnic groups.

The Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 after the second dose. The vaccine’s efficacy appeared to be slightly lower in people 65 and older, but during a presentation to the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee in December, the company explained that the numbers could have been influenced by the fact there were few cases in that age group in the trial. The vaccine appeared to be equally effective across different ethnic and racial groups.


RESOURCES FROM
BEFORE THE VACCINES CAME OUT

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…

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
What Are Your Safer Sex COVID Protocols?

Here is a separate post of resources I’m cultivating aimed specifically at Safer Sex COVID Protocols – This gets more in-depth on testing info, approaches for building “COVID Bubbles,” and nerdy things that might be too specific or overwhelming for some folks. Thus, a separate resource list. Hope it helps!


—Evergreen Resources—

These links are the kind that are being updated constantly or, IMHO, have “evergreen” usefulness to almost everyone! The other links below I’ll add as I come across them, hence, they might still be very useful but a tad out of date. Start here with these evergreen links…

CDC’s COVID page

The CDC website – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov – is where I invite everyone to start their journey. It’s filled with straightforward recommendations and is a GREAT place to finds coverage on most things folks need to know.

Best COVID/relationship communication workshop I’ve found…

Image of various people wearing homemade covid masks, including someone wearing a paper bag and another with a plastic container on their head like a helmet

I highly recommend Marcia Baczynski’s Confident COVID Bubbles online workshop. Not only is this a GREAT workshop on how to think about having COVID conversations, but it’s also filled with amazing resources and information presented in a friendly, empowering manner.

How Severe Is The Pandemic Where You Live? tools

COVID Act Now website

GlobalEpidemics.org

Facebook screen shot of a post by Reid Mihalko of white text against a  red to purple background, "Put the "Om" in FOMO. Practice social distancing while leaning into virtual connection. #CallYourFriends"

How Do you Calculate Household Risks?

Courtesy of Marcia Baczynski’s Confident COVID Bubbles workshop (above), https://www.microcovid.org is a useful website created by community members in the East Bay who needed a way to calculate risk for their households. See the whitepaper on the website for details.

SWISS CHEESE MODEL OF PANDEMIC DEFENSE

Check out this great article in the NYTimes by Siobhan Roberts explaining the Swiss Cheese model of pandemic defense.

Illustration from the NYTimes

SEX & COVID

—Resources Added in Nov 2020—

Lay-person, friendly ways of understanding COVID…

Screen capture of KingGutterBaby's Instagram profile header (A.K.A. Laurel Bristow, MSc's account)

Courtesy of Marcia Baczynski’s Confident COVID Bubbles workshop (above)… “If you are NOT comfortable with numbers, or you want to learn about / share COVID info in a lay-person friendly way that is still grounded in science, Laurel Bristow is an infectious diseases researcher and has a lot of Q&As in her IG stories. Check out her story highlights for playful, but science-based commentary on various studies, answers to specific questions and more.”

Podcast: Conspirituality ep’s 3, Why Are Spiritual People Vulnerable To Conspiracy Theories?

If you enjoy podcasts, the Conspirituality podcast has some exciting thoughts and ideas to chew on regarding what we know about the human brain’s innate tendency to look for patterns and how that can leave folks susceptible to taking sides as to whether something is “true” or a “hoax”… This might be useful to track your feelings and thoughts, or help a loved one trach theres—when it comes to COVID. https://www.stitcher.com/show/conspirituality/episode/3-why-are-spiritual-people-vulnerable-to-conspiracy-theories-70813022

—Resources Added in Oct 2020—

Article: The Atlantic’sHow We Survive the Winter

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

Podcast: Social Distance’s “How Bad Will Winter Get?”

A candid conversation about navigating COVID and the cold, winter months… How Bad Will Winter Get? 

—Resources Added in August 2020—

Podcast: Radiolab’s Invisible Allies

Historical context for combating Covid-19 with Vitamin D discussed in this July 30, 2020 episode.

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.

—Resources Added in March 2020—

Website: Flatten The Curve

Why this post? The “Do” list is SUPER helpful + it’s being consistently updated… https://www.FlattenTheCurve.com/

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

[Edited to Add, 3/25/2020]
http://psychiatry.ucsf.edu/coronavirus

Facebook post: Sex Nerd Sandra’s FB Post

I found Sandra Daugherty‘s Facebook post brief, thoughtful, grounding and filled with humanity (for those of you who have limited bandwidth for reading)… [shared with permission]
 https://www.facebook.com/doctorsandra/posts/10158673602044869

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! 

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

Podcast: How to Find Peace Amidst COVID-19, How to Cultivate Calm in Chaos

Found this Tim Ferriss podcast interview with Buddist mindfulness-teacher, Jack Kornfield, so VERY FULL of useful, peace-of-mind wisdom…
https://tim.blog/2020/03/12/jack-kornfield-covid19/

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

This article is aimed at CEOs, but I think it’s really useful reading for anyone, so I’m putting it here…
https://medium.com/@phoebetickell/i-need-you-to-read-this-and-decide-about-coronavirus-6dd184745b33

Podcast: The Pleasure Mechanics’ Love In the Time of Corona

I found this episode of @LearnPleasure‘s #pleasuremechanics podcast to be grounding, impassioned, informative, and soothing…
https://www.pleasuremechanics.com/love-in-the-time-of-corona/

Short Article: When Social Distancing Means Close Quarters

Stella Harris blog post… http://stellaharris.net/when-social-distancing-means-close-quarters

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

You can help me support you by supporting my own work…

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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