I’ve been doing my fair share of social distancing and hand washing but I’ve really been wondering how to help with the Coronavirus. I’m just one person, what can I do?
If like me, you feel the need to do something more than just sit at home, I want to share these ideas with you. There is something that we can all do, no matter how small.
1. Wash your hands
According to UNICEF:
Respiratory viruses like coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Most often, this happens through your hands. Hands are also one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next.
During a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
I’m not sure if I need to say more besides wash your hands! If you are wonder how to help with the Coronavirus, this is so incredibly important.
2. Stay at home as much as possible
There are way better resources out there to explain the curve than me. If you want to see the research, Google is the way to go. If you want the TLDR version, stay at home!
3. Organize a supply drive for low-income elderly in your area
The Coronavirus is now a worldwide pandemic. Ironically, those most vulnerable to this new virus are the ones meeting the biggest challenges to stock up. The CDC is currently recommending a two week supply of food, medicine, household supplies, and other essentials. Most of our elderly and people with disabilities are on a fixed income which makes it very difficult for them to stock up. Not to mention the crowds at stores and empty shelves make it almost impossible for them. It is truly heart breaking.
An internet search and phone call is all that you need. Call and ask your local low income seniors home if you can drop off some supplies or better yet have some supplies delivered. Ask your neighbors, friends, and family if they’d like to donate any for a larger impact.
Be smart and maintain social distancing while organizing. Just use common sense and of course, wash your hands. Drop offs would be much smarter than going door to door and delivery would be ideal.
You can read all about my personal experience about organizing a supply drive for the elderly on Love What Matters.
4. Raise awareness
Share factual information from reputable sources. We need to be in between the extremes of panic and apathy. Seriously, stop with the fear mongering but also stop with the head in the sand attitude that this is not real.
5. Check in on your elderly and immune compromised neighbors
Can you pick up groceries for them and drop them off at their door? Pick up their prescription? Give them a phone call or a text and see what you can do.
Pray for our country, pray for our world. Also, pray for our older folks, our immune compromised friends, and our friends and family with disabilities.
As Phillippians 4:6-7 says, ” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
7. Donate blood
If you are not currently in a hot spot, consider donating blood. As more and more social distancing will be required, blood drives will be cancelled and this might have a huge impact on our blood supplies.
8. Sew masks
If you know how to sew, making masks for friends and family is a such a great way to help. If you have the time and skill to sew it’s one of the best ways to be a helper.
These are stressful times for everyone right now. If you need extra encouragement right now, please also check out this post on Encouraging Bible Verses.
What are your best tips for how to help with the Coronavirus? I’d love to hear from others on what they’re doing and how they’re feeling.