These days it has become clear that the essential thing we can do for society and ourselves is to stay at home. Every day that we spend in our isolated homes we are helping to decrease the spread of the coronavirus and therefore we are helping to save lives. In addition to following the recommendations of the official health organizations and the government, many of us wonder what else we could do for our community to collaborate in solving an unprecedented crisis that needs the help, sacrifice, and responsibility of all. Here are some suggestions to help our family, friends, or neighbors.
If donors receive an SMS or an email inviting them to donate blood, they must go to the place and dates indicated as long as they do not have symptoms of coronavirus. The recommendation is that we all stay home without forgetting that when they need us, we should be there. Blood is always necessary. Even in this situation, there are still patients in hospitals who need blood component transfusions; cancers, transplants, leukemias, urgent surgeries, complicated deliveries … But, given the confinement instructions issued, if in the last 15 days there has been a fever, respiratory symptoms, or direct contact with an infected person. For those who are going to donate if the authorities ask for it, they should know that it is a safe process. There is no evidence of coronavirus transmission by blood. The material used for the extraction is sterile and for single-use, and besides, as always, health professionals take hygiene, selection, and donor protection measure.
Do not spread information without contrasting or fake news
Activity on WhatsApp and social networks has been excited in recent days. It is crucial that before hitting the send or publish button we make sure that the information we are sharing with our friends, family or followers is verified and researched and comes from an official source. By sharing that funny meme that contains false information or that sensational article without any source of quality, we can be doing a lot of harm to those who do not have the resources or the ability to differentiate the real from the fake. Many people find it difficult to distinguish between quality information and other information that contains lies. The fake news epidemic started long before the coronavirus epidemic but has grown exponentially with the spread of Covid-19. We are facing a new generation called Deep fake news that is produced using very sophisticated tools, where even the image and voice of public figures are modified. At this level of maximum falsification, it is very difficult for many people to differentiate. That is why we ask for administrative sanctions and fines when it is possible to demonstrate that this false information has been intentionally created since the dissemination of this news can cause very serious ills. We advise citizens to trust the figure of the journalist who publishes contrasted and researched information in quality media and we remember that the important thing about a newspaper is not to be the best seller but the most believed.
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Teach or attend online
Some ophthalmologists, psychologists or teachers are solving doubts through the network to help those who are following the recommendations and do not go out. We do it because we cannot forget that mental health is also health. On the other hand, the ophthalmologist is answering on Instagram the doubts of those people who have eye problems but not serious enough to go to the emergency room and further collapse healthcare. And dozens of trainers and cooks are sharing their knowledge with their followers. Think that we can all contribute and maybe sharing some of your skills with others through the Internet can help or make someone feel less alone.
Support the old ones emotionally.
Something we can do from home every day of our isolation is to check by telephone that the elderly people in our environment are well. To help an old man the best thing you can do right now is to be at home. I know we repeat it over and over again but it is essential. Once we have taken this measure, we recommend calling our relatives, neighbors and older friends every day to check that they are in good health and also to give them emotional support and transmit affection. We have been a few days, The first week is taking, but this is going to get worse and the mood is going to go down. I believe that the phone call is very safe because there is no possibility of contagion and it is a good antidote to loneliness. We must help our elders understand what is happening and give them clear and contrasted information. We must take advantage of that call to inform them well with precision and truthfulness. Many older people report on television on poor quality programs and do not understand what is happening.
Donate to an NGO
If your saving allows it, it is time to help the most vulnerable population. By donating to one of the dozens of NGOs that work every day with the aged or with especially vulnerable people you will be contributing to make this crisis much more bearable for hundreds of those affected.
Give love (even if virtual) to those who live alone
The isolation in our houses is difficult for everyone, but it is certainly more bearable when you do it accompanied. In this sense, the psychologists encourage us to pay special attention to friends, neighbors or relatives who we know do not live with anyone else, no matter how old they are. Call them to see that we are there, they can count on us. The groups, the photos, the videos, sharing a recipe saying that you have remembered with person… These are small details that can make them feel less alone. We must take advantage of the fact that we have a little more time than normal so as not to neglect the emotional part of our relationships.