Who We’re Following for Wisdom, Workouts, and COVID-19 Information
Part of managing anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic is paying mindful attention to who you’re turning to for updates, advice, and a little distraction. And since we’re all on social media in this period of social distancing and self-isolating, we’ve been curating our feeds toward those who make us feel seen, comforted, and informed (not necessarily all at the same time). Here’s whose feeds we’re watching.
Scientists, Doctors, and Public Health Experts
To make sure our feeds are full of factual and nonsensational updates, we’re turning to the people who know health best: doctors, professors, epidemiologists, virologists, and public health experts. Each of the professionals below is someone we trust.
Scott Gottlieb, MD, is a former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and a former clinical assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Trevor Bedford, PhD, is a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the vaccine and infectious disease division as well as an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. He is the principal investigator at the Bedford Lab at Fred Hutch, which investigates and reports on pathogen evolution and epidemic spread.
Angela Rasmussen, PhD, is a virologist at Columbia University who specializes in viruses that are newly emergent and highly pathogenic.
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, was the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Barack Obama.
Alexandra Phelan, LLM, SJD, is a faculty research instructor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University and a member of the university’s Center for Global Health Science and Security. Her work concerns legal and policy issues related to infectious diseases, especially emerging infectious disease outbreaks and international law.
Mari Armstrong-Hough, PhD, MPH, is a sociologist-epidemiologist and an assistant professor of global public health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University. Armstrong-Hough studies and writes on cultural influences on evidence-based medicine.
Anne W. Rimoin, PhD, MPH, is an infectious disease epidemiologist, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and the director of the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health. Rimoin is also the founder and director of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program, which is investigating emerging infections and vaccine-preventable diseases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is currently running a study of asymptomatic infection of COVID-19 in health care workers and first responders in Los Angeles.
News Outlets and Journalists
These are some of the journalists we’re turning to for accurate and up-to-date information on the coronavirus—plus diverse perspectives, thoughtful commentary, and a good dose of humor, too. Also of note: The New York Times has lifted its paywall for all articles covering the coronavirus, expanding access to information for everybody. To access the coverage, you just need to create an account—no subscription is necessary.
Matt Pearce is a reporter and former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Right now, he is covering how the coronavirus affects national politics and elections.
Robinson Meyer is a staff writer for The Atlantic, covering science, the environment, and energy, as well as a visiting fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. During the COVID-19 crisis, Meyer is reporting on how policy is affecting those seeking testing and treatment for the virus.
Mike Baker is a correspondent for The New York Times, currently reporting on the coronavirus, including breaking news on the crisis.
Soumya Karlamangla is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering health care in California. Currently, she is reporting on COVID-19 from several angles, from coronavirus skepticism in the baby boomer generation to the renewed popularity of Contagion to our health care system’s capacity for testing and treatment.
Yamiche Alcindor is a White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She is currently writing about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus in addition to continuing her coverage of the US elections.
Wellness Practitioners, Writers, and Mental Health Support
If you find yourself in need of a breathwork class, a sound bath, or just a few kind words, here are some of the people we’re tuning in to. That said, if you or someone you care about is in crisis, consider reaching out to a mental health hotline. If you’re in the US, you can call the CDC’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 800.985.5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
While Ashley Neese’s free breathwork support groups are currently full, keep your eye out—Neese is planning to add more as she can.
Sound healer Sara Auster is hosting virtual sound baths on Instagram Live several times a week.
Maryam Ajayi, the founder of Indagba and Dive in Well, is hosting virtual breathwork classes over the next few weeks to help manage stress and anxiety and to stay grounded during the coronavirus outbreak. Ajayi is offering the classes for free and is accepting donations.
Lalah Delia, the author of Vibrate Higher Daily, is someone we look to for wisdom on a regular day—now, her mantras and poetry feel especially soothing. And while we’re practicing social distancing, we’re tuned in to her Instagram Live for advice on working through the discomfort of loneliness and finding refuge in solitude.
Glennon Doyle is holding church services on Sundays during the coronavirus pandemic. While she sticks to an Episcopalian tradition, these services are open to anyone who needs the comfort of community during this time of social isolation. (Plus, we love her Instagram for the comfort it gives us—from wise words to Doyle singing good night to her French bulldog over her stories.)
Deepika Chopra, PsyD, whose Optimism on Deck card set brings a little more joy into our days of social distancing, has launched an online peer support tool called Heroes Helping Heroes. It’s built as a resource for health care workers on the front lines, involving a list of mental health questions and simple mindfulness practices to go over with a buddy. We’ve found it’s a great starting place for phone check-ins with friends and loved ones, too.
Holistic psychologist Nicole LePera, PhD, is a refreshing voice on your feed on any given day. Her work centers on self-healing, and right now she’s focused on how we are collectively processing fear and uncertainty—and also how we are being forced to pause and self-heal in unison.
Breathwork meditation coach Jenna Reiss is hosting breathwork groups online—and her Instagram feed is a total joy. Reiss’s writing is a reminder that there are reasons to be grateful even in the toughest times.
Breath coach Stuart Sandeman is hosting free online breathwork sessions every Wednesday at 7 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. Pacific. All you have to do is register on his website and tune in.
Ways to Get Moving
With gyms and workout studios shut down, we’ve been looking for ways to get moving at home. We’re loving the breath of fresh air that comes with a socially distanced walk, run, or hike, but with the classes below, we’re discovering how easy (and fun) it is to stick with our regular routines from home—and maybe discover some new ones, too.
The Class has a new online studio you can drop into for livestreamed classes with founder Taryn Toomey and her instructors. If you want a workout on demand, they have an hourlong class you can stream (and are adding more soon). And Toomey’s Instagram feed offers comfort and guidance on how to ease into healthy and uplifting routines at home, especially if there are kids in the house.
Dance Church, a dance class that is so much more than a dance class, is holding streaming classes over Instagram Live a few times a week during the coronavirus quarantine.
Venice-based Love Yoga is going to be streaming two live yoga classes a day, one at 9:30 a.m. and another at 4 p.m. (both PT), as well as occasional free classes.
Studio47 Pilates in Rhode Island is running select classes over Instagram Live—and for full-time access, the virtual studio is just $25 a month.
Erika Bloom Pilates has moved their private sessions online, which means all the individualized attention you’d get from an in-person EBP class, you’re still getting here. But if you can’t book a private, no worries—they’re streaming live classes over Instagram a few times a week, too.
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