With the rise of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, our healthcare professionals have been working tirelessly to keep our communities safe, protected, and healthy. Not only are they providing comfort and care to those who have COVID-19 but they are also screening patients and fielding questions from the public.
These everyday heroes are not dawning a superhero cape but care for the vulnerable and risk their own sense of security in order to put others first. How can we help and thank them for their work?
Here are some things you can do to show appreciation for their efforts and help ease some of the burdens that health care professionals have shouldered:
Follow trusted expert advice
Following expert and government-issued advice can help communities lower the spread of the virus and the rumors and myths surrounding it. Refrain from trusting or sharing any information that is not from credible sources.
Credible sources include:
Getting and sharing health information from unvetted and unreliable sources can add to public’s panic. Reputable sources like Center for Disease and Prevention and World Health Organization are continuously sharing advice and updates from healthcare experts. By simply following their advice, like hand-washing and social distancing, it can have the biggest impact of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Donate to charities and organizations that are providing helpful resources to hospitals
Local hospitals and organizations are currently taking donations to help support medical supply relief to healthcare workers and facilities. Hospitals and facilities are facing a shortage of supplies and protective personal equipment like testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns, and hand sanitizer. As hospitals and facilities are expanding their COVID-19 response, their needs for supplies and equipment grows rapidly.
Organizations that are taking donations
Direct Relief – Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S., China and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Center for Disaster Philanthropy – Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has launched the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial – Accepting PPE and monetary donations.
Don’t buy up unnecessary supplies
Stores are left empty, shelves are barren and store employees are working ambitiously to have them restocked. Panic buying by the public has had some hospitals scrambling to find crucial supplies. Personal protective equipment like the N95 respirator, used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including infectious agents), are dwindling fast.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that N95 respirators be used only by people with infectious respiratory illness and health care workers who treat or otherwise come in contact with them. The prospect of shortages created by panic buying worries healthcare facilities.
Protecting health care workers from the virus is essential to managing the epidemic, to ensure hospitals, urgent care centers and other facilities can handle inevitable surges in sick patients.