It’s true. The novel coronavirus has emphasized how ineffective our current economic system serves the working class. But, I’d argue the very same about a heightening wave of solidarity.
All across the world, people have taken upon themselves to aid those who are disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
We had our first viral hallmark moment this past weekend, when Canada resident, Rebecca Mehra decided to help an elderly couple retrieve provisions ahead of state suggested curfew guidelines.
The story was viewed by more than 11 million people and shared across various media platforms.
“As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store,” Mehra recalled.”I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change. She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.”
The pathogen is not only a threat for individuals advanced in age, but it has also crippled workers who occupy the service and retail industries.
Grubhub has focused a sizable share of proceeds from Donate the Change program to supporting restaurant workers and drivers whose financial standing has been rattled by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Organizations like Feeding America, The Seattle Foundation, The American Red Cross and Meals on wheels are working around the clock to feed citizens blindsided by the black swan pandemic with the help of eager volunteers.
Writer Erica Etelson, of central Berkeley, California set up an online spreadsheet so individuals with chronic conditions can log all of the things they need without having to chance exposure.
“I was consuming way too much news about coronavirus… Thinking about who is going to be impacted the most in our community,” Etelson said. “I and a lot of people I know are youngish and healthy and can be going to stores. There are many of us who can do the simple favor of getting groceries or medicines for neighbors that can’t go to stores.”
Fellow Berkely resident, Roz Aronson, 85, made use of the mutual aid service in self-imposed quarantine while battling a persistent head cold. Users who saw Aronson’s listing acquired all of the items on her docket.
“I thought it was really wonderful that people were offering help,” Aronson said. “It warmed my heart.”
Similarly, International Medical Corps is accepting donations so that they can upgrade their intervention technology, training protocols, and surveillance operations.
Even though health care professionals are especially at risk, it hasn’t deterred their systematic efforts to mitigate the communal spread of the disease.
Dr. Paul Beaupre, Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s Health believes providing resources for vulnerable patients is paramount, which is why he and his team have established rigid rules to eliminate the chance of contracting Covid-19 while caring for its victims.
“All employees are tested for temperature upon their arrival for work; 100.4F is the cutoff,” Beaupre says. “Anybody that has gone to Level 3 area is being quarantined. Anyone who has recently visited a Level 2 country is being tested. How long will this go on? We don’t know yet. Twenty weeks seems awfully long.”
Sometimes altruism and self-preservation are one and the same. The best way to keep immunocompromised individuals safe during the emergency window is by immunizing as often as you can.
Younger generations appear to be transmitting the virus with the most frequency. For the most part, these demographics are contagious much sooner than they are symptomatic.
Transmission occurs between people who are six feet from each other or less through respiratory droplets produced from a cough or a sneeze.
The CDC reports: “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.”
To donate to workers who recently lost avenues of income to Covid-19, individuals advanced in age or living with a preexisting condition, please consider one of the three organizations below.
More discreetly, be sure to check in with your friends and loved ones during this hazardous and unusual time.