Tips for Surviving Coronavirus
We are in the midst of a preventable crisis, with the state clearly incapable of enacting any measures that will prevent further deaths and the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, politicians act in the interest of capital and their own petty careers. It is up to us to take action to help curb the spread of coronavirus and to offset the social and economic devastation on our communities.
To make it possible for people to remain inside to prevent further sickness and death, we need:
1. Free housing
2. End to wage labor
3. Free food, medical supplies, toiletries
4. Free medical care
5. End to incarceration
Here are our recommendations on the individual basis if possible:
- Stay inside or at least at a distant from people, only go out for groceries and medicine.
- If you need to go out, wear a mask and rubber gloves.
- In order to stay out of public space, call in sick to work if it has not been cancelled.
- If possible, refrain from paying rent during this period.
- Put together a phone group of friends, family, and comrades to check in on each other’s health, and organize online meet ups.
- Keep your immune system healthy by: getting full sleep, not stressing, and eating well.
In terms of organizing, we can use group action that will ensure the general health and safety of everyone in the city:
- We can work towards collective rent strikes, which will protect individual rent strikers.
- This measure will reduce the need for people to go out in public, risk their health and potentially infect other people.
- We can support people moving into abandoned houses in order to make sure they can quarantine themselves, and have a house following this crisis. This is also a good time to expand into abandoned lots to cultivate them for use as community gardens. These groups can secure sources of water for these activities.
- With health permitting, and the right protective clothing, we can organize food and medical drives for people who are living on the street.
- We can organize letter writings, and with safety precautions, send food and cleaning packages to people who are in prison, and especially those locked down.
- Help all the people in our phone group, by sharing resources like food, money and medicine, getting rides or groceries for people who need them.
Thinking ahead, we can prepare for the absence of infrastructure in the later stages of this crisis:
- Prisons are breeding grounds for the virus and people inside are sitting ducks for catching it. They need to be taken out of this dangerous situation.
- We can build towards communes for meeting everyone’s needs, by extending the network of our phone groups, to include more people in our networks, from eviction defense to food distribution.
- Food is necessary for life and for everyone’s health. We should take any steps necessary to make sure everyone can stay fed in the later stages of the crisis and moving forward.
- We can present political alternatives, both in practice, by extending the networks we have set up for mutual support, and advocating for the kinds of social organization that could actually help people through this crisis.
- We can start laying the groundwork for the defense of our gains, strategizing about how to keep homes and gardens rent-free after this period of crisis and how we can keep people out of prison.