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Seems there's a few plagues going about

Plague 101

  • If you feel sick at all, please stay home. 

  • Wear your mask. Doctors are currently recommending elastomeric masks (half face respirators). A mask I personally purchased is this one. (The price tag for 1 kit is $125, the mask is reusable and only requires filters, it is essentially a reusable N95 that meets NIOSH standards.)

  • Wash your hands and sing to yourself, singing releases dopamine and can help move you from a fight/flight response to a rest/digest response. It might also help you wash for longer or reduce anxiety associated with Covid-19 hygiene.

  • This page will be updated with Monkey Pox information as The WHO has declared a global health emergency. Here is their Monkey Pox key facts page. --> Key take away, Monkey Pox is spread through contact with respiratory droplets, otherwise known as airborne.

  • The state of Michigan has a Monkey Pox page. It unfortunately perpetuates the myth that this is primarily transmitted through "men who have sex with men." The WHO clearly states that this is transmitted through respiratory droplets and Michigan's own page says that anyone who has close prolonged contact with someone contagious is at risk (not necessarily sex).

  • This page used to be a "covid" page and now it will serve as a plague page because I guess these are the times we live in.


This testing site is the direct link to the search engine from the State of Michigan webpage. It allows you to search your area and prioritizes ASAP appointments, but you can also schedule a test out. PRO TIP for getting results faster: go to a designated testing center that only processes covid tests instead of a pharmacy or urgent care.


This is a nationwide vaccine search tool that I was able to use to schedule my booster.

Public health issues are often addressed at the county and city level. Below are a few links for ease of access.

Washtenaw County Public Health Department vaccination page

Washtenaw County Public Health Department Covid-19 page --> Information on local testing, contact tracing, reporting a concern & what to do if sick

Detroit Public Health Department Covid-19 page --> local testing and community resourcing available 

Trustworthy Coronavirus Data
John's Hopkins has been tracking Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and vaccinations. Here is a link for Michigan's data.

John's Hopkins also gives routine news updates.

Sensory Tips

This site speaks to parents who have children with sensory issues. Adults also can have sensory issues with masks. If you are an adult with sensory concerns, you're nervous system is within normal limits, our society is not. Please look at these tips.
My own additional tips include:

  • Silk masks, like those from eshakti, or repurposing recycled silk as a layer between yourself and any masks you use.

  • Sewing buttons onto any headbands or hats so you can secure the loops of masks to those instead of using extenders. Or creating a modification to any headphones you might wear regularly when out.

  • Breaks. Go outside where the air is moving better away from others and take your mask off. Perform a vagus maneuver or stim if you need to in order to reset your nervous system.


Quarantine & Isolation

Official CDC guidelines on quarantine and isolation for covid

Offical CDC monkey pox isolations procedures page.




A Quiz you can take to evaluate the risk of doing that thing you really wanna do

Remember: Your risk is cumulative.

NPR interview 12/29/2021, roughly 8 minutes of audio about risk assessment.

This page was last updated August 2022

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We will only survive through collective care

Please care for your neighbor and yourself. No individual can possibly replace a true public health response that we all deserve. Mutual aid is what rises up when our government abandons us.