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March 19, 2020

Avoid COVID-19 Social Isolation with These Resources

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted the cancellation of events and closures of businesses and gyms, movie theaters and libraries. As of March 18, states across the country have banned gatherings ranging anywhere from 10 to 100 people, and the CDC has advised that events over 50 be postponed. 


Many people are practicing social distancing by staying at home, and with the closure of many public places, there’s not much else people can do. However, the isolation and loneliness caused by self-quarantining and social distancing can quickly become overwhelming. And while it might not seem like it, loneliness and isolation can have profound effects on your physical and mental health. 


“In light of the pandemic, there are ways that we can increase that sense of connection or reduce feelings of loneliness in ways that we may be able to do safely at a distance,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. “One of the things that research has shown is that social support is incredibly helpful in times of stress.”


To help reduce the loneliness you might feel during this time, here are several free online events and tips to help you stay connected:

Virtual Zoo and National Park Visits

Home Safaris from the Cincinnati Zoo.

Cleveland Zoo Resources: https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/03/17/cleveland-metroparks-zoo-offering-free-online-biology-classes-children-during-coronavirus-school-shutdown/


Tour National Parks Virtually


Lifelong Learning

Course Audit Program from Case Western Reserve

Lifelong Learning Courses from Ohio Higher Ed

Cleveland Museum of Art Distance Learning

PBS Learning Media


Fitness & Mindfulness

Do Yoga with Me

Daily Silver Sneakers Meditation


Grocery/Restaurant Delivery 

Grocery store delivery options 

How to Use Instacart

How to Use UberEats



Movies and TV

Movies to stream

Amazon Prime Video




Mental Health

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Helping Families Cope 

Reducing Your Stress During an Outbreak

If you’re in crisis or need immediate help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. You can also chat on site here. 

Stay up to date with the latest coronavirus closures and news by visiting the CDC or WHO and by following your state and local health departments.


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