COVID-19 Is A Controllable Pandemic: How You Can Help Control It – II

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is front and centre for the majority of us right now. Very few people are unaffected either directly or indirectly.

At this time, it is good for us to see beyond our own issues and reach out to help others. Everyone from frontline medical personnel, those whose jobs are critical to the economy and those small businesses who rely on daily sales need help one way or the other.

It is time for us to step up as individuals, families and organisations.

There are a lot of ways you can help right now Identify NGOs that are involved in the relief efforts and make donations in cash or in kind, or volunteer if it is possible to.

  • Identify front line medical staff who are in your family, religious or other organisations. They need help as they are working long hours to treat and to make the rest of us safe. Whatever you can do for them, even if it is a direct cash transfer will help ease their minds. 
Grayscale Photo of Woman Lying on Hospital Bed
  • Identify your local artisans, traders, handy workers etc. Those you typically patronise once or twice a week. If you are able to, give them an advance of your usual spending right now. Many of them have suffered a huge drop in income and are struggling to figure how they will survive over the next two weeks.  
  • Within your organisations, think about the resources that may have been freed up as a result of the lockdowns. Parking lots, trucks, spare internet, water or electricity. If your office is largely shut down, consider making some of your internet bandwidth available to people around. If you have 24 hour electricity, see how this can be shared too. 
  • If you have spare stocks of any item that can help, please donate these or make them available to people who may need them.  Even just buying a box of hand sanitiser and giving these out goes a long way. 
  • Keep an eye out for homeless people or those not able to self isolate in shelters. Putting together a small pack of essentials e.g toothbrush/paste, hand sanitiser, soap, slippers and sharing can help a lot. 
Man Lying On Barricades
  • Lend your brainpower or expertise. If you are isolated at home with an internet connection you can offer yourself to governments, organisations or individuals who need help that can be provided remotely. Allocate a decent percentage of your time to pro bono efforts.  
  • Call and check in on people. Many of us are not used to being alone or being at home for extended periods. It takes a toll on mental health and this is not always evident. Make a deliberate effort to reach out to people you know, old and young. A few minutes just asking how they are coping will go a long way. 
  • Be a critique and purveyor of authentic information. A lot of messages are flowing on social media, some accurate, a lot are not. If you come across anything, consider the authenticity before forwarding. If you are not sure, do some research on your own before you pass on. 
  • Last but not least, offer a few words of prayer or spare a minute to think and acknowledge all those who need wisdom and knowledge right now. Your president, prime minister, your governors, your leaders, medical personnel, researchers amongst many others. They do not have all the answers and are also trying to lead while
Monk Holding Prayer Beads Across Mountain

Debo Phillips

Read also: How Nigeria Is Battling COVID-19.

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