This is a collaborative post by Isobel with tips to help health care workers at this time.
So, you might be stuck at home during this lockdown and don’t know what to do. You want to help, but you know that the right thing to do is to stay at home.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help though. While doctors, nurses, and medical workers are on the front line of the crisis, they are also experiencing a shortage of supplies that they need for themselves (and for patients).
It’s not just a shortage in supplies either, recent studies have also shown that there is a high level of anxiety and depression among healthcare workers who are treating the virus as well. You can help them with this even if you are sheltering at home.
You can donate equipment, make sure that they get free food, donate blood, and even just show your appreciation for you. Not only that but staying home is also helping, so please don’t feel like you are doing nothing. Let’s take a more detailed look into how we can help though.
How to Help Health Care Workers During Lockdown
Donate Whatever You Can
You might be finding that money is tight nowadays, so it’s perfectly fine that you can’t donate a lot of money. However, if you can consider donating to charities and organizations that help support healthcare workers. Some of them help provide medical items and personal protective equipment to health workers responding to coronavirus. It doesn’t matter how big or small, every little bit helps.
If you don’t know where your local charities are, then have you considered purchasing things like a Surgical Mask and then donating it to your local healthcare facility? You could easily ring them up and ask if there is anything that they need as well. Any other medical equipment, things like hand sanitizers or even toiler paper? If you’ve got some spare and they need it, then why not do the right thing and donate it to them?
Show Your Gratitude
Sometimes the easiest thing that you can do is just show them your gratitude. A simple thank you on social media can go a long way. If you have family or friends who work in the healthcare sector, then make sure to give them a particular shout out. Make them feel appreciated. You’ve probably seen that the UK and US have come together to applaud healthcare workers, so it makes sense to show your gratitude in a more personal way as well.
You don’t even have to give them a shoutout, you could buy their next coffee or lunch for them (if you can afford it, just send them the money on PayPal or something). If you can’t afford to do this, then don’t worry, a simple thank you will be good enough and it will probably just give them that little boost that they need to keep on working – as things will be very tough for them at the moment and they just need that little encouragement.
Perhaps the most important thing that people can do is actually listen to healthcare professionals when they ask us to take the proper precautions. You might not like staying at home, or you might be feeling like you are not being helpful. But this is one of the rare cases where staying home is the right thing to do. If you’re not an essential worker and don’t need to travel, then staying in can save lives.
You should make sure to limit contact with others, as this seems to be helping slow the spread of coronavirus. This, of course, means that the healthcare workers could be less overwhelmed because there are fewer cases coming in.
So, make sure you do the right thing and stay at home. Staying home isn’t terrible either, you might be feeling a bit locked up and bored now, but it’s the right thing. If you have kids, then it might be a good idea to check out this article here about how to keep kids occupied during this lockdown.