Take Care of Number One
The most important consideration during this pandemic is to take care of number one. That's right…you. You can't help others unless you help yourself. Remember the safety briefing last time you were on a flight? The flight attendant reminded you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. There's sound logic here, not just with COVID-19 but with any emergency. You can't help others if you become sick or incapacitated.
It's essential to remember that the most crucial consideration is to ensure that you don't spread the virus. Even if you don't feel sick, you still need to be vigilant and practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing at all times. As well, try to stay home as much as possible. It's not the time to be a social butterfly – keep in touch with friends and family with technology like facetime, skype, or zoom. Even old school methods like telephone work just fine.
If you begin to display symptoms such as fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, you need to self isolate immediately. The following is a link to an excellent self-assessment tool provided by the Government of British Columbia. Here's another from the CDC. If you have any doubts, contact your doctor or a medical professional for guidance and the location of the nearest testing center.
If you've contracted the virus, its time to tag out…for now.
Rest up and get better. You can help later.
Offer Help to Seniors
By now, we are aware that elderly persons are especially vulnerable to coronavirus COVID-19. They are also the ones that need the most support during this crisis. Most feel anxious and scared. They're generally not tech-savvy, so online shopping and virtual meetings are difficult, if not impossible, for them.
Many retailers have opened up time-slots for seniors-only shopping, such as the first hour of operation. However, many seniors are too scared to leave their homes. If they do venture out, many times, they are greeted with empty shelves anyhow.
Being a good neighbor to the senior next door is essential right now. Reach out by phone, or leave a note on their door. Offer to pick up some essentials next time you shop. See if they need help with prescription pick-ups or setting up a three-way call to a doctor if required.
One thing that's always appreciated is a home-cooked meal. Just make a little extra, put it in a disposable container, and leave it on the doorstep with a kind note. Not only will it ensure your neighbor gets a good meal, but they'll also feel less lonely and isolated.pandemic
Let's face it. We're all in this thing together. The more we help each other the easier things will be. Reach out to your neighbors and see if they need anything. Maybe they are running low on toilet paper and you have extra. Perhaps you're on your way to Costco and can grab a few things for them. Just make sure you let them know ahead of time and don't arrive unannounced. You don't want to cause extra stress during these times. Also, don't feel bad if the person says no. Just let them know that you're available to help if and when they need it.
Many people are already involved in service organizations and have been volunteering their time even before the COVID-19 crisis hit. These people naturally want to continue serving the community. At this time, they must continue to follow social distancing practices and maintain suitable hygiene protocols to avoid further spread of the virus.
Give to Your Local Food Bank
Food banks are always short of supplies, and they welcome donations. With the current crisis, many more people are out of work, and the demand for food bank services has gone up tremendously. Also, due to the food shortages noticed in regular supermarkets, donations are down. People also seem to be hesitant to donate in person. To combat this issue, many food banks have set up online donations. It's also an excellent option to donate money to food banks as they are often able to purchase food for a lower cost.
Donate Some Blood
It's always good to donate blood, and during the current pandemic, the need for blood and plasma products has not decreased. Some people have been reluctant to make appointments to donate blood due to concerns over their safety and social distancing protocols.
The US Surgeon General states that people can still go out and give blood. In his words, “social distancing does not mean social disengagement.”
Congratulations champ! You're now a Pandemic Super-Hero.
Don't forget your Personal Protection Equipment! We've got you covered…so to speak. Here's a few options.