xenmaster's COVID Survival Kit

These are just some apps and services I've relied upon heavily since the CORONAVIRUS has changed the way we live. I'll continue to add more as the list progresses.

Alex Ruiz
Alex RuizList by Alex Ruiz, last updated 2020-11-15
  1. Keeping supplied

    Making sure you have all the essentials is important. Many stores now have curbside pickup and many restaurants partner with other teams to do deliveries and curbside as well. Support local business that are struggling during these troubled times by patronizing those that offer these services.

  2. Amazon icon

    For those things you can't get locally.

    • Online Shop
    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Kindle Fire
    • ...
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  3. Keeping busy

    Finding constructive things to do in a pandemic is hard. Here are a few tools I use to help.

  4. Udemy icon

    When one is stuck inside, it's a good time for people with an internet connection to try learning something new. When things get better, you will be better able to do new stuff.

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  5. Indeed.com icon

    A good tool for those who are looking to change jobs or for those who just got laid off. Not every industry is suffering due to the pandemic and with remote work on the rise, you may not even have to be restricted to your local community in your search anymore!

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  6. Home Depot icon

    Since you will/are probably spending a lot of time at home, why not improve your living space? Home Depot offers lots of tools and supplies for that home improvement project you've been putting off until now.

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  7. IKEA Store icon

    Same as above, but for the person looking for trendy stuff for the home relatively inexpensive and easy to put together.

    • Online Shop
    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
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  8. Keeping entertained

    With no new movies coming out, it will be hard to consider what is new and exciting to watch. But content creators operating from home are not holding back. Lots of classic and recent TV/Movies are still out there. And games are hotter than ever!

  9. YouTube icon

    There are lots of awesome channels on Youtube to either stay informed, but also to clear your mind of the horribleness going on in the world. I recommend Kittisaurus if you like cats, the stories are fun and the cats are cute!

    • Video Streaming App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • KaiOS
    • Fire TV
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Xbox
    • ...
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  10. Hulu icon

    The good people at Hulu are adding new videos and classic movies all the time. If there's a TV show and/or movie you haven't seen yet, now is a great time to catch up.

    • Movie Streaming Service
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Apple TV
    • Playstation VR
    • Daydream
    • Kindle Fire
    • Playstation
    • Fire TV
    • Gear VR
    • Xbox
    • Oculus Rift
    • ...
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  11. Prime Video icon

    Watch over 90,000 movies and TV shows instantly. Amazon Instant Video streams movies and TV shows on your PC, Mac, or Internet connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.

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  12. GOG.com icon

    A great place for classic games. Some oldies but goodies are listed on here for sure.

    • Game Store
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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  13. Steam icon

    A more conveient forum for those looking for awesome games. Steam has great titles like Stardew Valley, Terraria, and others that are loads of fun for a long long time.

    • Game Store
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • SteamOS
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  14. Keeping informed

    There is a lot of fake news going on in the world right now. From COVID denialism to talking point politics, the best way to stay informed is to put your faith in people who have little to no agenda and a skill for dealing in facts, statistics, and medicine.

    Not listed: Endcoronavirus.org: Awesome site about how various countries/localities are doing and strategies to control the pandemic!

  15. Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases icon

    A good look at how well we are doing so far. Information is from Johns Hopkins, so very trustworthy and reliable source.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • ...
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  16. Worldometers icon

    This service deals with worldwide statistics and research in general, but added specific tags about the current CORONAVIRUS pandemic.

    • Encyclopedia
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
  17. AP News icon

    The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news...

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
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  18. Mayo Clinic icon

    The official website of Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit organization. The site provides information about diseases and symptoms fact-checked by the Clinic's own medical experts.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
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  19. CDC.gov icon

    CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is America’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic.

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  20. Keeping in touch

    It's hard being away from friend and family during this time, but staying at home makes you part of the solution. Below are my favorite tools for keeping in touch.

  21. Jitsi Meet icon

    It's basically skype/zoom, but with password protection, end to end encryption, and easy to share links with others so no need to sign up for an account! Options are similar to Teams and with security that keeps out the uninvited. No more zoom bombers! Great for virtual group meetings with friends and family (and it can be self-hosted!).

    • Video Calling App
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Apple Watch
    • F-Droid
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  22. Signal icon

    Probably my favourite tool for texting, photo sharing, and video calls with individuals. The streaming quality and sound is outstanding, and also includes end-to-end encryption which is on by default.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • ...
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Remember to stay safe and protect the people around you by:

  1. Stay home if you can. This situation is a good excuse to cancel that family vacation and/or gathering that could put your family or those whom they know in danger.

  2. Social distancing. When you must go out, stay at least six feet away from others. Assume you are already sick and keep away from others to avoid spreading the illness further.

  3. Wear a mask. It's a cheap and effective way to limit spread, especially in places like supermarkets where distancing is not always easy. Lots of great disposable and reusable masks are available online!

  4. Wash your hands. Whenever touching something from the outside world, wash your hands if you can. Use hand sanitizer if you can't wash your hands and remember to avoid touching your face as well, including to adjust your mask!

The best way to support workers who can't avoid going to work in person is to make the outside world as safe as possible for them. The best way to support our local healthcare workers is to avoid sending them new patients. The best way to keep your friend and family safe is to do these things so they will still be around once this is over.


This list was created by Alex Ruiz Nov 15, 2020 and was last updated Nov 15, 2020. The list has 17 apps.

You can create your own lists from our large database of apps either for your own sake or if you want to share some great apps with other people.


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