As the COVID- 19 pandemic continues to spread, and people adjust to the new way of life i.e., constant hand-washing, social distancing, and staying indoors, it’s quite easy to feel helpless and not sure of how one can be useful. But even in the middle of the uncertainty, if you’re lucky enough not to be affected by the COVID -19, and you are in a position to help, there are some ways you can achieve that.
This article gives you some of the few ways you can help during this COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio.
- Donate masks to doctors and hospitals
Doctors and health workers need protection as they continue to serve various communities. Hospitals are currently facing a shortage of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and gowns. You can donate masks to first responders at OhioHealth to make doctors and health workers work without any hindrance.
- Volunteer for organizations that are offering critical services
One of the top questions people ask themselves during this COVID -19 pandemic is “Am I allowed to volunteer during COVID-19?” The answer is yes. Even though the stay-at-home orders are in place, nonprofits organizations are still open and in need of volunteers. Currently, one of the most critical needs facing communities is food insecurity. These organizations may require volunteers to help in delivering food. Remember to keep safety in mind when volunteering.
- Donate blood
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, the number of people who are eligible to donate blood decreases, so there’s a high demand for blood donations right now. Hundreds of blood drives have been canceled during this COVID-19 outbreak. So if you can donate blood, make an appointment today and save a life. All blood donors are screened for temperature and travel history before registration, and the American Red Cross ensures that they use best practice for social distancing between the donors. It’s worth mentioning that donating blood or getting a blood transfusion does not put you at risk of contacting coronavirus infection.
- Check on your elderly neighbors and anyone who is being quarantined
Older people, people with chronic illnesses, or those who work in hospitals are more susceptible to the COVID-19 infection. Give them a call or text them to see how they are doing. You can also buy them groceries, go to the pharmacy and get them the medicine they need or run errands that will help them to avoid getting exposed to others. Remember to maintain a physical distance of six feet when delivering these essential services to them.
- Don’t spread false information and rumors
There is plenty of misinformation and rumors going around about coronavirus. The most common one being that certain home remedies can protect you. You shouldn’t share screenshots from unconfirmed sources. Share only news from credible news.
- Stay healthy
The World Health Organization [WHO] has issued tips to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, including following social distancing rules and good hand-washing techniques. You can help to stop the spread of coronavirus by staying home as much as you can. You can stay healthy by learning the facts about COVID-19, and some of the measures you can take to keep yourself safe.