Resources for Coping, Learning, and Shopping While Stuck Home

This post first appeared in the Mercury News

There is never a good time for a pandemic, but the silver lining on this very dark cloud is that it’s happening at a time when we have the ability to communicate, learn and relax online.

For millions of us, the internet has become our lifeline. If we have kids whose schools are doing telelearning, it’s become their classroom. Through video chat services like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and Facetime, it’s become the way we get together with friends and family.

Everyone knows about Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but there are many other entertainment options from big companies, like Disney+ and Apple TV+ along with lesser known offerings like Kanopy and Hoopla (both offered for free by many libraries).