Photo by Nico Hough of Pangea Kali Virga

making the best of your covid19 quarantine and how to help out

by Nico Hough and Pangea Kali Virga

 

march.24.2020

COVID-19 has touched all of our lives and we have all had to partake in radical change. Quarantine can be intimidating, but is necessary to ensure the well-being of the community. In that spirit, we’ve come up with a list of fun and safe things to help you pass the time and connect with yourself, your community, and your loved ones. We’ve also included a list of ways you can contribute to those in need through volunteering, charity, and more.

 

Let the distance keep us together.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS

 

SOCIAL DISTANCE & SELF-CARE
 

Flatten the curve! The most useful thing that you can do is to take care of yourself and be mindful of your own actions to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus.

 

So how do you do that? Practice social distancing. That means staying away from big groups, avoiding unnecessary shopping trips, and canceling discretionary travel plans. Also, wash your hands with hot water and soap and try not to touch your beautiful face.


If you are a young reader, you have a special responsibility to the immuno-compromised and seniors in our community, who are the most vulnerable. That said, younger people aren't as impervious to the novel coronavirus as we previously thought. In short, everyone must be extra cautious.
 

You also owe it to yourself to enjoy your quarantine. The good news? Miami-Dade libraries just made thousands of books and movies free online!
 

CHECK IN ON YOUR NEIGHBORS


If you are able-bodied and healthy, this is the time to meet your neighbors. We recommend slipping a note under the door with your contact information, offering to help in an emergency. Start a neighborhood Whatsapp chain or a Google Doc to share what you need and what you can spare. If you are able and have transportation, offer to pick up groceries for folks who can't.
 

Helping others will help them get through this, but it will also help you get through this.
 

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Lotus House, a group that provides sanctuary for homeless women and children, is looking for volunteers. To volunteer with cleaning, organizing, and mealtime, please contact love@lotushouse.org. Check out their wishlist here.
 

Farm Share and Feeding South Florida are currently looking for healthy volunteers to help in their mission of providing Floridians food security in these critical times.

 

DONATE BLOOD

The United States is facing blood shortages due to cancellations during this outbreak. OneBlood Miami is offering donors a $20 gift card through the end of March. Find a OneBlood donation center near you. (Please make an appointment ahead of time.)
 

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS

 

The world keeps spinning, and we all have our needs. Now more than ever, it is crucial to support local business whenever possible. We are all in this together.

quarantine activity list

here is a brief list of ideas and activities for you to try out during your quarantinE!

CREATE

  • Write a poem

  • Mend your clothes

  • Bake something!

  • Start a diary

  • Make a fort inside your home and camp out in it

  • Do some planting with seeds from your veggies and fruits

  • Try cooking a new recipe

  • Learn origami

  • Make a collage out of old magazines, books, letters

  • Write some fan fiction

  • Write a critique! Critique art, literature, a film, food, anything! Find what makes you tick.

  • Write a short play

  • Make some DIY face masks and body scrub and have a spa day

  • Write a story

  • Practice drawing, do a self portrait, an object in your room, or something abstract

 

CARE

  • Start a diary or dream journal

  • Learn how to massage and try it on your self or someone you are quarantining with

  • Learn First Aid

  • Take a walk around your neighborhood and observe all the plants and wildlife that you might have missed

  • Meditate

  • Do yoga or full body stretching

  • Clean your home and organize your closets

  • Play dress up

  • Try a full day of silence with no talking, phones, writing, or reading

  • Watch a movie or documentary

Connect

  • Facetime with friends and family

  • Write a letter to a loved one

  • Play a board game online

  • Donate money to local charities

  • Make a Facetime dinner party and invite all your friends

  • Join a virtual dance party

  • Compliment all your friends on the internet

  • Make a playlist and share it with your friends

learn

  • Listen to an educational podcast, there are so many topics from history to art to politics

  • Try learning a language via duolingo

  • Watch foreign TV and films and learn about other cultures

  • Learn how to identify local plants and animals

  • Practice your geography and take an online quiz to test your skills

  • Write your dream travel list and learn about those countries

  • Learn how to identify the stars in the sky

  • Teach your pet new tricks

  • Teach yourself how to embroider, knit, or sew

  • Read as many books as possible via your local library website

 

THE AUTHORS

Pangea Kali Virga is Executive Producer and Founder of Miami On Sight and is a full time fashion designer, stylist, creative director, and producer. You can learn more about Pangea at www.pangeakalivirga.com and on Instagram @pangeakalivirga.

Nico Hough is the copywriter and co-producer of Miami On Sight and is a full time poet and fine art consultant. Check him out on instagram @summerhoof

Miami On Sight is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Social Change, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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