Back in the spring, most people were somewhat optimistic about when the world would get back to normal. Fast forward to the fall of 2020 and almost no one is feeling optimistic anymore about when we’ll be able to safely live our lives around other people again.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for everyone. But for the healthcare workers on the front lines, the revolving door of extremely sick and dying COVID patients has taken its toll. Healthcare workers have been risking their own safety for over seven months as people all over the world fight this devastating disease.
If you want to do something good in the world, one of the best ways you can give back right now is to support healthcare workers. Fighting COVID in our hospitals has turned into a mentally and physically exhausting marathon for the healthcare workers who are committed to saving as many lives as possible. Here’s how you can help.
Share Hospital Resources to Educate the Public
The phrase “knowledge is power” rings true during any public health emergency. The more we know about this disease, the better we’ll be able to cope with it. Scientists and doctors have been releasing new information about the virus itself, the symptoms, and even methods used to treat COVID-19 as it becomes available, but it’s important for residents to stay up-to-date with current guidelines and recommendations.
You can help by sharing hospital and scientific research on the pandemic. Spreading awareness and knowledge can help reduce the spread and keep people out of the hospital. With healthcare workers overwhelmed by patients, we need to do our part by educating our fellow citizens about the virus, disease management, and what to do if you have symptoms.
Local information is also important. Spread the word about testing sites in your area, healthcare facilities caring for COVID patients, and how to self-isolate. Education will be key in taking the burden off healthcare workers and finally getting this virus under control.
Showcase Support on Social Media!
Since most people are staying at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we’re spending a lot more time in front of the computer. Social media has become one of the most important communication tools of the pandemic and it gives you a powerful channel to show your support.
Healthcare workers need encouragement during this long, exhausting, and emotionally-difficult year. As time has gone by, fewer people are taking the time to show their support. Post on social media and let our healthcare professionals know that you’re still thinking about, supporting, and appreciating them!
Donations Are Always Encouraged
Healthcare workers always need more PPE to keep them safe. Donations of masks and other supplies can provide more protection for the people who are fighting COVID on the front lines. Monetary donations are also encouraged, as they can be used to buy supplies.
If you can afford to make a donation, healthcare workers always appreciate it. If you can’t, consider organizing a drive to get others involved. Another way to help out is to donate a meal to healthcare professionals during their shift. Some restaurants are directly connected with local hospitals for these types of donations.
Whatever type of donation you make, just make sure to do some research and find out how to funnel your donations so they can do the most good. Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and might not have the time to answer questions about donations. A quick search online should point you in the right direction.
Start Community Awareness on Future Pandemic Planning
Health experts have been warning us about the possibility of a major pandemic for a long time. Now that we’re going through the deadliest pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu, more people are beginning to take the threat of infectious diseases seriously. We need to look ahead to the future and prepare for future pandemics that could occur.
How can you help? Raising awareness. The more public awareness and support there is for future pandemic planning, the easier it will be on healthcare workers the next time around.
It’s not pleasant to think about going through another pandemic when we’re still grappling with the one we’re living through right now. But if we don’t prepare for the next outbreak, our healthcare workers will be going through this again the next time a deadly disease sweeps the globe. Do your part by spreading awareness and support!
Guest Author Bio
With a Bachelor’s in Health Science along with an MBA, Sarah Daren has a wealth of knowledge within both the health and business sectors. Her expertise in scaling and identifying ways tech can improve the lives of others has led Sarah to be a consultant for a number of startup businesses, most prominently in the wellness industry, wearable technology and health education. She implements her health knowledge into every aspect of her life with a focus on making America a healthier and safer place for future generations to come.