On Monday, the government implemented sweeping recommendations and of course bans. County governments then quickly followed suit and began to shut down restaurants, bars, gyms, churches, and other areas in which larger groups gather. Millions of people are locked down, and curfews and police state actions are getting closer on the horizon.
Social distancing is undoubtedly the best way to stop the spread of this disease and most experts — not talking about the mainstream media — are recommending we do this, or things will get really bad: as in millions dead.
Make no mistake, things will get much worse before they start to get better. But it is not all doom and gloom. There are things you can do in your local community and around the world to help those affected by these dark times.
Help those affected by the recent closures
Monday marked a day in this country which has never happened. From coast to coast millions of workers simultaneously found out that they will not have jobs the next day. The coronavirus measures could impact these people in extreme ways and for months to come.
If you know others affected by this shutdown, consider helping them out with food or donations or work, if you have it.
Another way to help is to buy gift cards to your favorite local restaurants, stores, from your hair stylist and local spa. The business will get the money today, but you can use it later. Pay in cash, if possible, to avoid further lag time.
If you are one of the folks affected by these closures, we wait for the government to roll out measures to support you.
Also, it is estimated that roughly 40 percent of the medical workforce is affected by the closure of schools. If you can watch a healthcare worker’s child so they can get back to helping countless other sick people, this effort will prove to make a massive difference.
Run errands for those who cannot
As the virus continues to spread, there will be more and more people who are quarantined in their homes. The panic from self-quarantine has already caused runs on grocery stores as well as the idiotic hoarding of toilet paper. Many of these folks who are now quarantined may not have had time to get supplies before they were unable to leave their homes. You can help them.
As more people contract the virus, fewer people will be eligible to donate blood. The organization asks healthy people to donate blood despite the pandemic, and emphasizes that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be contracted through blood.
Help keep your neighbors from going hungry
Supermarkets across the country have seen a recent spike in panic buying. Empty shelves are now commonplace. Those who can afford it have been stocking up. But what about those who can’t?
If you have food to give consider donating.
You can help stop coronavirus in its tracks
It is important to remain vigilant during these uncertain times. We have only seen a glimpse of what a little panic can do with this toilet paper debacle. Imagine how that scene will look when it’s food people are fighting over. By coming together and helping our fellow humans, we can come out on the other end of this with dignity and honor instead of despotism and chaos. That choice is up to us. What will you choose?