The coronavirus outbreak in the United States and many other countries around the world has left people in affected areas stuck inside their homes. With that in mind, Apple's Podcasts team has put together some useful content lists for those who want to stay informed about COVID-19, soothe themselves with meditation, or stay entertained.

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The "Coronavirus: Stay Informed" section of the Podcasts app on Mac and iOS features informative updates from reputable news providers that include NPR, CNN, BBC, and ABC News.

A "Cultivating Calm" section provides shows designed to help listeners relax, featuring The Happiness Lab with Dr. Lauren Santos, Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations, The Daily Stoic, and other similar calming options.

For those who are looking for entertainment, the "Boredom Busters" section includes interesting and intriguing podcasts like Finding Fred, Gaslight with Chloe Grace Moretz, This American Life, Serial, Homecoming, and more.

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There's also a Shows for Kids section highlighting content aimed at children, with a range of educational and fun titles for kids to listen to during their downtime.

All of these podcast collections can be found in the "Browse" section of the Podcasts app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

Apple has also launched an informative special coverage section in Apple News, which is aimed at providing updates on the coronavirus from reliable sources.

Top Rated Comments

Rocko99991 Avatar
51 months ago
One thing to be informed, another to be brought into a frenzied lather by having the news on 24/7.
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Sodium Chloride Avatar
51 months ago
A good way to entertain yourself is to rent the movie Contagion https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/contagion/id479822231 ('https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/contagion/id479822231?uo=2&partnerId=11&at=10l4UI&ct=movies')
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dontwalkhand Avatar
51 months ago

A good way to entertain yourself is to rent the movie Contagion https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/contagion/id479822231 ('https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/contagion/id479822231?uo=2&partnerId=11&at=10l4UI&ct=movies')
I literally laughed when I saw this was one of the top movies on iTunes rentals. Like an "OFFF COURRRSEEE moment"
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glavin Avatar
51 months ago
Upon misreading the title, I shamefully felt a twinge of schadenfreude that this horrid app might be tilting grave-ward after contracting the dreaded virus.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
motm95 Avatar
51 months ago
This is nice - I wonder if Apple will also consider making AppleTV+ free for everybody for a period of time. Might be a way to keep people entertained at home during this crisis and maybe some of those will convert to paid users in the future.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
51 months ago

So having people listen to doom and gloom the media is selling to make people feel they’re doing the right thing by sitting at home? I’ll pass.
If it keeps them sitting at home, that's a good thing. Staying at home is the way we're going to survive this thing - people who try to carry on as normal are going to, literally, get a lot of people killed ('https://medium.com/@Jason_Scott_Warner/the-sober-math-everyone-must-understand-about-the-pandemic-2b0145881993'). But I'm not gonna watch Contagion again.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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