With its high infection rates, the COVID-19 virus is having a devastating effect on healthcare. Even those who are healthy are struggling due to the lack of income after global shutdowns. For those fortunate enough to have health and free time, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the fight and assist those who are less fortunate. Here are some of the most impactful ways that the average person can help those who are affected by the coronavirus.
Donate to Relief Funds
There are all sorts of general COVID-19 relief funds, ranging from private GoFundMe accounts to organizations specifically for restaurant or bar workers. These can provide a valuable form of financial support for those struggling to make ends meet. Just a few dollars can be enough to help some families keep lights on and food on their tables. There are certain classes of people, including immigrants, sex-workers, and homeless people, who are struggling to get aid through conventional channels, so it may be especially helpful to donate to funds set up for these at-risk groups.
Volunteer Time to Students
Most schools are currently shut down, which has caused a lot of problems for students who struggle to learn on their own. Those who have free time can volunteer to be a virtual tutor. These programs can make a valuable difference in a young person’s life. In many cases, there is no need to be an experienced student or college graduate. Just being there to explain instructions or provide encouragement can help.
Help Health Care Workers
One of the areas most affected by the coronavirus has been the healthcare industry. Hospitals and medical facilities are understaffed and lacking in a lot of essential equipment. There are several different ways for people to help. Those who have extra funds may want to donate to places like the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the Red Cross, or the CDC. There is also a need for hand made masks and other protective gear, so those without a lot of money to spend can volunteer their time. Assisting healthcare workers is especially effective because it helps the heroes fighting COVID-19 and the people infected with the coronavirus.