7 simple (but powerful) ways to help healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic

Now more than ever, we need to take care of those who take care of everyone else. While health care workers devote their lives to helping others all year round, they’re being stretched past their limits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Between answering endless questions and putting their lives at risk day in and day out, their courage and commitment is truly beyond words heroic.

April 7 is World Health Day, a day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, along with other health workers at the forefront of COVID-19 response. And we know our WC family is full of generous, considerate humans, so we hope this list gives you a little inspiration if you’re looking for ways to help out our overloaded, huge-hearted healthcare workers. 

7 simple ways to help healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic

1. Stay home

We know you’ve heard this at least a thousand times in the past week, but truly it can’t be said enough: the best way we can show love to healthcare workers is by simply staying home. Period. 

And if you do go out, take extra care to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear face masks properly (i.e. they need to cover mouths and noses). 

2. Give a meal gift card

If you have a friend, loved one, or simply know someone working in the medical field — consider giving them an UberEats, Postmates, or other delivery service gift card. 

You can send the cards online, which means it’s easy and requires no physical contact. And as you help someone else fill up with a good meal, you’ll fill up on feel-good energy knowing you gave back. 

3. Consider donating blood

If you’re in a position to donate blood, consider scheduling an appointment. But be sure to check out The American Red Cross page to get more information regarding safety protocols first. 

4. Donate 

Donate to your local hospital or organizations like Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Direct Relief, and Meals on Wheels.

5. Use your voice to show gratitude

From midwives and nurses to surgeons and pharmacists, so many brave individuals are involved in the work of healing others through healthcare. 

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So, send a quick text or call up a loved one who works in the medical field. A simple “thank you” goes a long way! 

6. Avoid panic buying

Stocking up on face masks that’ll last you a year is the opposite of kindness to healthcare workers. Show compassion for fellow human beings by not hoarding N95 masks, goggles, and respirators, which are all crucial supplies for healthcare workers.

7. Share homemade masks

Get crafty and make face masks to share with friends, family members, and strangers in need. Homemade masks are especially helpful for healthcare workers because if more people wear DIY masks, that’ll save the surgical masks for workers who really desperately need them.

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Use a cloth face covering in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Your cloth face covering should: Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils, fit snugly against the sides of the face, be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through, and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape. Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings. Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus #COVID19 #coronavirus #facemask #publichealth #CDC

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Check out this mask-making guide from the CDC for templates and tips on how to wear/clean them. Plus, it’s a beautiful way to use your hands to create something that protects each other. 

And don’t forget to show love to yourself through this difficult time. Check out these posts for some self-love inspiration:

P.S. If you’re looking to smile, check out John Krasinski’s YouTube Show “Some Good News.” But just so you know, you may want to grab a tissue for lots of happy tears.

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