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How to Help the Helpers

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  • If you like to sew, join the existent movement to make masks for hospital workers. Cloth masks don’t meet N95 safety standards, but providers may use them if they’re all they have available.
  • People with a 3-D printing hobby are also stepping up, turning out masks and face shields based on open-source designs.

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How to Help the Helpers

How to Help the Helpers

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/smarter-living/coronavirus-how-to-help-doctors-nurses.html

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Follow the Rules

This is the most important thing you can do t help health care providers and emergency workers: Stay home! And if you really need to get out,  maintain social distance.
Also, take a moment to assess your real situation before seeking in-person help. If you feel sick, don’t start with an overflowing emergency room or the strained 911 system. Contact your family physician or a nearby urgent care clinic.

Help Procure The Needed P.P.E.

The virus has exposed all front-line workers to an extreme shortage of masks, gowns and similar protective equipment.

Some providers have taken the unprecedented step of begging on social media for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Repurpose a Hobby or Skill

  • If you like to sew, join the existent movement to make masks for hospital workers. Cloth masks don’t meet N95 safety standards, but providers may use them if they’re all they have available.
  • People with a 3-D printing hobby are also stepping up, turning out masks and face shields based on open-source designs.

Donate Blood

All national supplies have fallen abruptly, leaving already overburdened doctors worried not just about the new virus, but patient care across the board.

Be Sure Your Contribution Is Wanted

Check before assuming your donation is welcome.
Not all front liners want food delivered for example. For safety reasons (to avoid getting infected if someone coughed on the surface of the boxes the foods are delivered in, for example) some of them have mostly closed their doors to the public.

Lighten a Friend’s Load

If you have friends working in the frontlines, pick up the phone and ask them how they're feeling. They're exhausted, let them vent.
These people are the ones getting up every morning and putting themselves in harm’s way, running towards the fire when everyone else is running away.

A "Thank You" Goes A Long Way

Showing small acts of appreciation for the work the helpers are doing is a huge morale booster.
These acts are symbolic, but they remind the frontline workers why they do what they do.

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