Coronavirus & Cabin Fever Survival Guide

Dr. Janna Andronowski’s lab created a Coronavirus & Cabin Fever Survival Guide for students.

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Epidemiology and general explainers

Spotting misinformation

Social distancing and you

“Oh no, did I just cough?”

Dealing with anxiety



  • “Donate” your computer’s processing capacity to Folding@Home, a program that is working to simulate the spread of COVID-19 in order to help stop it in its tracks. (More details on this effort right here, courtesy of 500 Women Scientists.)
  • If you know how to sew, make fabric facemasks for first responders
  • Local food banks could use the help of the community for food distribution, etc.


Pick up a new hobby

  • Writing about science for popular audiences
    • Training is available through the Massive Science Consortium for $10 and you become a published author at the end of it! (If the $10 donation is prohibitive, just let me know and I’ll search my inbox for their latest coupon code, no questions asked)
  • Yoga/fitness/meditation
    • Touchstone Climbing will be live-streaming several of their fitness and yoga classes while their gyms are closed (through at least April 1st). Recordings will also be available if you’re unable to join the live classes (all times PST/Los Angeles, CA).
    • Down Dog is offering free subscriptions to their online classes (yoga, barre, HIIT, and general fitness) through May 1st
    • Tons of free classes are also available through Yoga with Adriene on YouTube
    • The Mindful USC mobile app offers free guided meditations
    • Headspace always offers a free two-week trial of their meditation classes
  • Knitting/crocheting
    • Tons of free patterns available through Yarnspiration (yes, you can get yarn delivered!) and Ravelry (registration required)

Read for fun

Learn something new

  • Skype A Scientist usually connects K-12 teachers with researchers so students have the opportunity to learn from a real-life scientist, but they also have live sessions that are a bit less structured and open to all! Upcoming topics include insect neurobiology (4/7/20), animal keeping (4/8/20), and big cats (and everything wrong with Tiger King!) (4/13/20). Sign up for email updates (to get notified about future live sessions) here.

“Go” to the zoo via live cam

Maintain social connections even if you can’t get together in-person

  • FaceTime game nights! (I just bought Punderdome explicitly for this purpose.)
  • Pick up a new show and make a group chat with a bunch of friends who are watching at the same time
    • You can use Netflix Party (only available for Chrome) to create a group chat and sync video playback to ensure you’re watching the same thing as your friends