7 Small But Effective Ways You Can Help in the Fight Against COVID-19
Here are simple ways to help support each other during the coronavirus outbreak.
The COVID-19 pandemic is as significant a challenge as this generation has ever faced. And while adhering to the social-distancing and self-quarantine guidelines of our current and confusing new way of life is critical, it can be easy to feel like hand-washing and six feet of separation only go so far in the fight against the coronavirus. That can be especially true when you consider all the health care workers, civil service professionals, and grocery store employees risking their own personal safety in the name of a common good.
Make no mistake, following proper social-distancing protocol is essential—in fact it's "the No. 1 plea of all health care providers and emergency workers," The New York Times reports. But, in addition to those continued efforts, there are other ways you can do your part to help us all get through this global crisis—here are just a handful of examples.
Go grocery shopping for someone who can't.
Many grocery stores are offering special designated shopping times for elderly and other at-risk customers. Not everyone that falls within those two categories has the ability to take advantage of the safer shopping situation, however, which is where you come in. If you have a friend, family member, or neighbor who can't—or shouldn't—make a trip to the supermarket, offer to do it for them. It will not go unappreciated. And for more ways to help those in need, check out these 6 Essential Elderly Care Tips to Follow During the Coronavirus Scare.
Feed health care workers.
There are too many reports of health care workers putting in 16-hour shifts, working tirelessly to help stem the outbreak of COVID-19. They are the true heroes during this global crisis, and there is an easy way you can show your appreciation: buy them lunch! There are a number of apps and websites that you can use to have pizza and other foods delivered directly to the exhausted, hungry, and courageous staffs of medical facilities around the country. Pizza Vs Pandemic, Feed the Frontlines, and Off Their Plate are just a few of our favorites.
With blood drives being canceled and the American Red Cross facing a severe shortage of supply, donations from healthy individuals are needed now more than ever. Make an appointment online or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a local donation site. Another option is America's Blood Centers, a nonprofit that brings together community-based and independent blood centers across the country. Visit their website to schedule an appointment at a facility near you.
Order takeout from your local restaurants.
The restaurant industry is taking a huge financial hit as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and your local eateries could really use your support. All you have to do is make a point to order takeout or delivery to give them your business and help increase their chances of making it through this trying time.
And buy gift cards from your local stores.
Like restaurants, mom-and-pop stores across the country are taking a beating from the economic downturn brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. That's why it is absolutely critical to continue to support these businesses if they are going to have a fighting chance. But what can you do if they are closed? Call them up or go online to purchase gift cards to use at a later date. We're not talking about mega-brands like Apple, Microsoft, or Best Buy—it's your local stationary store and retail shop that really need your help.
Check in on your loved ones living alone.
Not only does everyone appreciate a little social interaction during these trying times, but there are obviously serious health risks at play, so check in early and often with your solo pals and elderly family members—they need to know you're thinking about them. And for more tips on helping out your loved ones, check out 7 Easy Ways to Help Someone Who's Alone During Quarantine.
Donate to a good cause.
This is certainly not for everyone as the pandemic has led to some significant financial stress. That said, there are a number of reliable places that will gladly take your money and redistribute it to those in dire need. Feeding America, for example, is a very reputable food bank serving those in need.
Another option is Restaurant Worker's Foundation, an organization specifically looking to support those in in the restaurant industry.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is also accepting donations to its COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations working with the most vulnerable populations.