If you’re privileged enough to be at home reading this, you’re one of the lucky ones.
While I write this, and while you read this, our frontline health workers are heading directly into the places that everyone else is trying to avoid — hospitals, urgent care facilities, testing centers and medical offices.
The COVID-19 is nowhere near slowing down so it’s more important than ever to support our health workers. Here are FOUR ways that you can support and make a difference in the battle against COVID-19:
1. Stay Home
You know the deal. Stay home, only go out for essential items and stay at least six feet away from people. Social distancing is not a suggestion, but a requirement
and lessening the number of cases is the best way to keep health workers safe.
2. Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You've heard it before, our frontline health workers are lacking the PPE they need while helping COVID-19 patients. This means the masks, gowns and gloves that are used to protect them from contracting the virus themselves. Data from other countries has shown our health workers are at high risk for contracting the virus and getting extremely ill from it. This not only risks their life but there will be less and less workers to run our hospitals.Healthcare facilities are having difficulty accessing the needed PPE. If you are in Canada and able to donate or sell any PPE including gowns, gloves, surgical masks or N95 masks, fill out this form here.
3. Emotional Support
Honour frontline healthcare workers in your community. Acknowledge the role they play in saving lives and keeping your loved ones safe. A simple note to someone working the frontlines is meaningful and appreciated.
Doctors, nurses and health workers at hospitals are overworked, overtired and skipping meals as they risk their lives on the frontlines of this crisis. They rarely have time to eat, despite working 12, 24 or even 48 hour shifts, and are facing closed cafeterias and shuttered local restaurants.
Our frontline workers are skipping meals and not getting the nutrients they need to do their work. This leads to increased cortisol (stress) levels which affects their immunity and slows down energy levels, alertness and mental clarity. At a time when frontline health workers need to be stronger and healthier than ever, they cannot afford to be struggling with brain fog and fatigue.
After we sent out nearly 10,000 SnackBombs to frontline health workers, our friends started asking us how they could help.
You can now donate a box of SnackBombs that we will quickly send directly to a hospital in need. 100% of your donation goes to funding these snacks (which we're offering at below cost prices to have the biggest impact possible.)
These snacks will get right into the hands of our frontline health workers, at zero cost to them, so they can stay full, healthy and strong. To donate now, click here.