Over the last few years politics, the huge divide in our country, growing racism, and the general state of the world, have meant that somewhere along the line I have lost my faith in humanity. If anything good comes from the Coronavirus outbreak I hope it is that my faith is restored. Rather than an every man for themselves mentality right now, more than ever we need to be thinking about how to be community minded during Coronavirus. How to look out for one another.
Little things make a big difference.
We don’t know yet if the schools will be shut. Or whether the country will be put on lock down. But I do already know friends who have lost their jobs. People who have had their holidays cancelled and lost money. Businesses that have folded. It is clear that Coronavirus will have as much as an impact on peoples health, as it will their wealth.
I’m trying to think positively, avoid reading too much hearsay. I don’t like not being in control of a situation, but when I have no control, what stops me spiralling to dark places, is looking for ways to be proactive and help. And right now that’s by being community minded.
How to be community minded during Coronavirus
Follow Government and NHS advice
Isolate when you need to. Wash your hands regularly and properly. Don’t go to the doctors surgery if you are unwell, phone for advice instead. If it comes to a lock down, don’t be the person with the ‘they can’t tell me what to do attitude’. Don’t be selfish.
Support Small Businesses
Now is the time to buy local and buy from small businesses, because those people really need your help to stay afloat. I’ve seen some great ideas on social media. For example whilst it might not be the best idea to be eating out in restaurants right now, you can buy vouchers direct from the restaurants to use when this is all over, and keep them in business whilst the tables are empty. The same can be done for beauty salons and hair dressers.
Don’t buy more than you need
For everything you panic buy extra, someone else is going to go without. Everyone is worried enough, without having to worry about running out of toilet roll or calpol.
Check in with the elderly
Isolation can be incredibly lonely, especially when you may not be connected to the world through social media. Pick up the phone and check in on elderly relatives. If you have an elderly neighbour pop your number through their door and tell them to give you a call. Just talking to someone for five minutes, when it might be the only person you speak to all day can make a huge difference to someone.
Donate to food banks
With the likelihood of people losing their jobs or living of statutory sick pay, donating to food banks is vital. Whether it’s food or money, they really need your help. Find out how to donate to your local food bank through the Trussell Trust.
Both fear and complacency are dangerous. Be someone who spreads positivity and helps calm people rather than dismissing their fears or adding to them. If you have friends who you know will be struggling, give them a call and make sure they are ok.
Be a good neighbour
If the schools close and your neighbour has kids, be the kind of person who pops a packet of crayons and some lollipops through their door. When you are going to the shops, check if your neighbours need anything. If you have neighbours who are less able, pop a note through their door with your number and tell them to call you if they need anything. Just look out for one another.
Thank the people who are helping us
The doctors and Nurses, the receptionists at the doctors surgery who are on the front line right now. The teachers that are keeping our kids fears at bay, and preparing work for them to take home. All on top of the already long hours that they do. The care home staff who are looking after elderly relatives and keeping them safe. The staff who are making sure your place of work is clean and safe environment. The supermarket workers who are stacking the depleting shelves as fast as they can. A smile and a thank-you can go a long way.
We can all make a difference in how we take care of each other by being community minded during Coronavirus.
If you have any other suggestions as to how we can be more community minded during Coronavirus please add them in the comments.
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