Life During a Pandemic: Adjusting to a New Normal

As governments and communities work to stop the spread of Covid-19, many public health experts warn it could be weeks or even months before it’s safe to relax restrictions on business operations, public gatherings, and regular movement. We’ve curated the best guides to managing life amid the disruptions, from coping with isolation and shopping for groceries to convincing skeptical friends to stay home and caring for sick loved ones. For official U.S. updates on the pandemic, visit Updated 4/2/20

How to Talk About the Coronavirus

Liz Neeley • The Atlantic

Four ways to help those around you be better informed about the pandemic

How to Practice Social Distancing

Isaac Chotiner • The New Yorker

No matter how often we have been given such advice, it can be hard to totally change our habits, and the specific advice about how to behave can be confusing and overwhelming.

How to Survive Isolation With Your Roommates, Your Partner, Your Kids – and Yourself

Adrienne Matei • The Guardian

With millions of us lying low to limit the spread of Covid-19, how best to manage being cooped up for days on end?

I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share

Scott Kelly • The New York Times

Take it from someone who couldn’t: Go outside.

Suddenly Working at Home? We’ve Done It for 22 Years—and Have Advice

Ars Technica

Your productivity, your health, and your sanity: We have your home office covered.

How to Properly Care for a Sick Person at Home (and Not Get Sick Yourself)

Ellen Airhart and Christina Colizza • The Wirecutter

Although a quarantine sounds like a solitary pursuit, it takes the proverbial village. Here are the supplies and tips you need to prepare a “hot zone” space for an infected person, especially if there are other vulnerable individuals in the home.

Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide

J. Kenji López-Alt • Serious Eats

Whether you managed to stock your fridge and pantry, or were left staring at empty supermarket shelves, there’s good news: you can still eat safely, even from restaurants, provided you follow a few basic guidelines.

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

Jess Grey • Wired

In-depth best practices for keeping yourself (and just about everything else) clean and virus-free.

How to Gather With Friends While Social Distancing, According to a Meetings Expert

Rebecca Jennings • Vox

Isolation is hard. Here’s how to feel a little less alone, with digital gatherings or just a book.

Exercising During Coronavirus: Can I Jog? Is That Water Fountain Safe?

Gretchen Reynolds • The New York Times

Those of us who are used to regular exercise naturally have pressing questions and concerns about how best to stay in shape.

How Long Coronavirus Lives On Clothes, And How To Wash Them

Courtney Leiva • HuffPost

The best precautions to take with your laundry, the right detergents to use, and more.

Virus Outbreak Means (Mis)information Overload: How to Cope

Barbara Ortutay and David Klepper • Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to information overload for many people, often making it difficult to separate fact from fiction and rumor from deliberate efforts to mislead.

If Coronavirus Scares You, Read This to Take Control Over Your Health Anxiety

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett • The Guardian

A pandemic is fertile ground for those who suffer from anxiety—here’s a short guide on how to manage it.

What Do You Tell Someone Who Still Won’t Stay Home?

Joe Pinsker • The Atlantic

A guide to convincing your loved ones to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

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