Sharing probably isn’t the first idea that comes to mind during the
COVID-19 pandemic as it implies physical contact. However, there are
many ways to share that don’t require physical contact. Last week, I
explored why we need to share now more than ever (TL;DR version — leaders failed, we’ve got to fill the gap). Thankfully, there’s a growing wave of resource sharing, mutual aid, and volunteering sweeping the world. Here are 10 ways you can join this wave:
1. Safety first.
the shelter in place, physical distancing, handwashing, and other
safety measures that reputable health authorities recommend.
Encourage everyone around you to do the same. Following these with
discipline may be the single most important act of solidarity you can
undertake. This is a shared responsibility. You’ll protect yourself and
many, many others. If in doubt, err on the side of caution.
2. Check in with your family, friends, neighbors, and the most vulnerable in your community.
comfort, health guidelines, and whatever aid is needed to those closest
to you. Stay in it with them. Depending on your situation, you might
have your hands full with just this. If everybody does this, then
everyone has access to at least a basic level of care and emotional
3. Support front line medical workers and the institutions they serve.
the dam keeping back the floodwaters of infection. We can’t afford for
this dam to break. Check in with your local hospitals to see what they
need. People and organizations are already donating protective medical gear, medical equipment, meals, and more. You can even volunteer remotely or join an open source team designing medical gear. Start here to see where to jump in.
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