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What’s Up Newp’s “Cabin Fever Chronicles” is the place to share stories and thoughts about how you and your family are coping with restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ll feature tips and anecdotes from our readers and others about how we’re all living with the coronavirus outbreak. How much toilet paper are you hoarding? (You probably don’t want to let your neighbors now that, on second thought.) Do you have kids to deal with while the schools are closed? Is your job affected? How are you limiting trips away from home to help “flatten the curve”?

As we all go through this rapidly developing event, What’s Up Newp is actively seeking local stories from readers about how YOU are dealing with things.

Please share your thoughts, observations, suggestions or photos (with captions)! These could be anything from a very short blurb about coping with the outbreak, how to help local businesses, shopping madness, activities, fears, fighting the sickness, etc., or a diary-style story.

Patty H. shares; “My husband Paul and I have been coping with the conovirus pandemic by walking with our 15 month puppy, Jack, on 3rd Beach.  It allows all of us to breathe in the fresh air, get some vitamin D from the sun, and get some exercise.  It truly helps with cabin fever! ”

“I cope by going for a walk with my kids on the Sakonnet Greenway Trail. They like the narrower winding stretches among the tall trees. They collect sticks and rocks along the way and love crossing the bridge and boardwalk. We can hop onto the 10-mile trail from a different entrance each time (Wyatt Field, Newport Polo, Newport Vineyards)  and have a totally different experience,” writes Katherine G.

Kathryn Allred Sheehan, Marketing Director for newportFILM, shared the following to help get you thru your cabin fever days;

In light of everything going on, we compiled a list of docs we’ve screened that are available to watch while people are social distancing. I thought it could be a good fit for the cabin fever chronicles you are starting. See the list below;

Amazon Prime:

  • Gleason

HBO on Demand:

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Momentum Generation
  • Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt 
  • & Anderson Cooper
  • The Crash Reel


  • Echo In The Canyon
  • The Game Changers
  • Searching For Sugarman
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story
  • Woodstock
  • The Great Hack
  • Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives

Showtime on Demand:

  • The Kingmaker
  • Love Means Zero

Kid-Friendly Docs:

  • Biggest Little Farm (hulu)
  • The Short Game (Netflix)
  • Science Fair (Disney+ and Amazon)
  • 2040 (Google Play, YouTube and Apple itunes) 
  • The Great Hack
  • Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives

Showtime on Demand:

  • The Kingmaker
  • Love Means Zero

Scott P. says ” I’ve been dealing with my chronic neurological lyme diease for the last 3 months living in solitary confinement. Trust me you don’t want this disease. This is a walk in the park” .

William D. writes ” Cueing up Warren Zevon’s “Splendid Isolation” to begin this fortnight’s soundtrack ☮️ “

This page will be updated frequently, with the most recent posts showing at the top.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with us, please email text and photos to We’ll also pull selected comments from our Facebook page.

We can’t promise to publish everything that’s sent our way, but we hope to provide a representative sampling of what our community is going through. 

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks to our fellow LION Publishers colleagues at B-Town Blog in Burien, Wash., for inspiring this “Cabin Fever” story-sharing project.

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