As we are all trying to adjust to this new reality and the number of coronavirus cases across the UK continues to grow, everyone from healthcare workers to government officials have been affected.
While your priority should be to protect yourself from the virus it is also important not to forget others – your wider community.
Here are 4 things we can all do to exercise empathy and support the most vulnerable:
1. Support older people
For people older than 60 years old, coronavirus can have a critical impact on them. Reach out to those who need it the most by offering food deliveries, running errands or simply for emotional support. By providing our minimum help to the elderly, they will be less likely to take risks and leave the house themselves.
2. Don’t stockpile essentials
Although it is tempting to stock up on household essentials, we need to keep vulnerable groups in mind. By panic-buying toilet paper and dry food, you are leaving fellow members of your community without any.
3. Reach out to your neighbours
At this hard time, it can be very isolating for all of us to stay away from the places we usually go. If you are in a lower-risk group, why not connect to those around you by sending messages, give them a call for a quick chat or even offer your assistance such as picking up prescriptions or food deliveries.
4. Support small businesses
There are a few things you can do in order to help local businesses during the coronavirus outbreak such as buying locally as much possible, purchasing gift cards and writing positive reviews.
Without a doubt, in uncertain times such this, anxiety is one of the hardest things to handle.
Now more than ever it is important to get together as a community and empathise with one another. Simply by following the guidelines to prevent the virus, reaching out to others in need and being kind, you will be doing your part as a member of the society.
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