Note about this document:

Context: We’re the Hearth, a 7-person co-op in Oakland, California. Below are our shared resources and raw notes from a meeting we had about preparing for Coronavirus in March 2020. Feel free to share and use it if it’s helpful in your planning!  Some of our supply lists include items for other kinds of emergencies (like an earthquake) because we wanted to use this period of time to get prepared across the board.

About us: The Hearth (Coaching House) is a community of practice for changemakers who are dedicated to practicing the ACE coaching model as a way of life: We practice it daily, use it as a central set of principles for how we approach our lives, and infuse it into all areas of our lives. We use this model to play toward our vision of a community and a world in which everyone supports each other 100% with no one left out. Check out our full vision doc here. 

Questions about anything you see here, or see anything that’s inaccurate? Email Molly.

General Resources and Info

Coronavirus symptoms

Here's a chart with data from the World Health Organization that shows prevalence of symptoms in confirmed COVID19 cases. Source:


By Molly McLeod

Link to download

Link to download 
(I de-emphasized scenarios that are less common in our household)

How to take care of your mental health

By Molly McLeod – Link to shareable Facebook post

 1. Limit how much Coronavirus news you're taking in. Personally, I have been reading about it WAY too much, and it feels good to be informed, but it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Try to only read about it once or twice a day.

 2. Create dedicated times and spaces to share about it with friends, and get consent before talking about it. All of the Slack groups I'm in have created separate #Covid-19 channels so people can choose when and how to engage with it. When I'm talking about it with friends, I ask first if it's okay to share information about it. It can be really anxiety-producing, and it's important to not be engaging with it 24-7.

 3. Aim to only consume and share information from legitimate sources that has been fact-checked. There's an incredibly high volume of information out there right now, and a lot of misinformation floating around. If you see a chart or graph, look for the data source. Avoid sharing random things from "friends of friends" unless there's a link to a trustworthy source. Sharing sensationalist stories right now is only going to fire up our amygdalas even more than they're already fired up.

 4. Focus on what you can control. Prepare your household in case you need to quarantine (check out my house's guide here:, make washing your hands a meditation, limit going out and embrace making your home cozy and clean while you practice social distancing.

 5. Check-in on friends. Connecting with each other is really important right now. Share funny dog videos, watch the same movie at the same time and live-text each other, mail each other postcards – sharing joy and laughter is a big part of what's going to keep us healthy!

Hearth Docs/Info

Meeting Agenda

  • Assign Resilience Kit action steps
  • Decide budget for food and supplies
  • Brainstorm non-perishable food to get
  • Discuss protocols for cleaning, events, guests, travel, etc
  • Quarantine plan for if one of us gets sick

Resilience Kit

Resilience Kit action items

  • Inventory what we have already
  • Start a spreadsheet that has both supplies and food we have and food we need
  • Come up with kit storage plan (buy bins, where to keep it)
  • Update/get supplies for the emergency kit
  • Create food shopping list
  • Food - enough for two weeks
  • Other emergency supplies


  • Food: Target $600. $85/person
  • Supplies: Target TBD. Come back to it once we know how much it is. Folks with more resources will help those with less. We’ll use our “house fund” savings.


  • Cleaning protocols (more to add here next meeting!)
  • Make a “when/how to wash your hands” sign
  • Wash hands when you come into the house from the outside
  • Rinse the top of the soap when you’re washing and sink handles
  • Prioritize the chores related to cleanliness of surfaces
  • Health protocols
  • Get more sleep
  • Eat less sugar
  • Immune boosters (please do your own research on each)
  • Echinacea
  • Astragalus
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Reishi, Coryceps
  • Events
  • No events hosted here through April
  • Then check in again about what to do from there
  • Visitors & guests
  • Ask folks who are having any cold/flu symptoms to still not visit here
  • Ask any visitors if they’ve been around someone who doesn’t feel well → if so, ask them not to come.
  • Anyone of higher risk or illness consider not coming to our space
  • Continue to get approval for guests
  • Check where people are coming from if they are from a high-risk area
  • Make sure overnight guests are using sheets (even on couches) and they are being washed promptly
  • Are there things we might feel uncomfortable with other people doing? Travel wise, event wise, etc?
  • [Hearthmate’s niece] when she visits - be aware of what she’s touching and clean surfaces.
  • [Hearthmate’s] Seattle trip - Look into rescheduling
  • What do we do if a house member gets coronavirus?
  • Primary symptoms
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fever - headache, fatigue, chills, stiff neck, sore throat, perspiration, shivering
  • As soon as you notice any of those symptoms (or other cold symptoms):
  • Let everyone know
  • Call your doctor
  • Begin self-quarantining in your room. Have food delivered to you. Have a bathroom that only you are using.
  • House quarantine
  • Given that it’s likely that every one of us would be exposed, we want to reduce exposing others. If at all possible, everyone in the house begins a quarantine for a week. We’d use emergency food.

Cleaning notes

  • Cleaning paradigm of isopropyl alcohol onto regular towels or paper towels.  Are we all good with this?  (Wipes aren't a great option at this point, as some wipes are still available but prices are jacked o 2-3x)
  • We should discuss shared norms on risk profile.  There may be differences, and that means we're taking on as much risk as the least risk-averse person in the house.  

Non-perishable food brainstorm

  • organic veggie broth
  • Super green powder (dark greens in powder form)
  • Canned soups
  • polenta
  • Canned veggies?
  • Almond butter
  • peanut butter
  • Granola (not from bulk)
  • Protein bars
  • Black beans
  • Garlic and onion powder
  • Pasta
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Dried fruit (berries, apples, bananas)
  • Frozen veggies (peas, carrots, broccoli, squash, idk what else)
  • Ghee
  • Nuts & seeds  (cashews)
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Mylks
  • Organic Nutrition and protein powder blend
  • Grains (rice & oats have long shelf life)
  • Nut milks (coconut, almond, oat)
  • Mac & Cheese!
  • Marinara sauce
  • Chocolate

Additional Virus Info (from notes from an SF co-op)

Virus info to share:

  • Fever is most common sign of coronavirus infection, followed by sneezing/coughing.  We should keep a thermometer on hand and call a doctor immediately if anyone gets a fever.
  • Mortality rate for <40 year olds is ~0.1% outside of Wuhan (though hospitalization + extended quarantine is still common even for younger people, and the disease can permanently damage your lungs)
  • Infection via surfaces, bodily fluids (eg sneezes), aerosolized fecal matter (no really, close the lid when you flush)
  • Households tend to get sick together (though some controversy on this; might be a few superspreaders)
  • Doubling rate is probably 5 days or so, which means there will be a lot more in a couple weeks.
  • Northern Italy now is probably what the bay area will look like in 2 weeks.
  • Lots of conferences have been cancelled.  Schools might close.  Many workplaces might encourage WFH.
  • If it gets a lot worse, they might shut down public transit, shutter most workplaces/businesses etc.
  • Utilities (water, gas, electric) will stay up; cell/internet might slow down a lot



  • Emergency food -- ~1.5-2 weeks.  If things get bad we'll want to reduce exposure by preparing food at home instead of getting takeout.
  • Gloves, shared N95 masks (we only have 20 because the store was almost out when we got there), goggles
  • Cleaning & disinfecting equipment
  • Medicine (zinc, vitamin c)
  • If infected & medical system is overwhelmed (aspirin, electolytes, chloroquine, oxygen machine, CPAP) — odds are not high that we will need the heavier-duty stuff, but it's good to be prepared