Guest post by Gemma Newbery
The World Health Organisation and global governments are continuously alerting us of the spread of COVID-19 and how to prevent it further. We know the measures we should be taking in our homes and how it can help limit further spread.
But what about if someone else needs help?
When was the last time you spoke with your neighbour? Do you even know their name? In modern society, we have become the most (and least) sociable we’ve ever been. We often struggle to keep up with friends and family, yet barely know those who are physically closest to us on a daily basis. The same people who can be with us in seconds if we were in danger in our own home.
So as we try to comprehend the severity of COVID-19, it’s a great opportunity to correct our relationships with the people next door; you might need them and they might need you, especially if either of you are considered as vulnerable right now.
But how can we socialise during social distancing?
A woman in the UK created and shared a printable card to post into letterboxes to offer help without compromising any attempts to self-isolate. It’s a great way to introduce yourself and what you can do to assist. This is especially helpful to older people who are the most vulnerable in society anyway. Even just a quick phone call could be life-changing to someone alone.
Who else can I help?
Social media is a great way to stay in tune with your local area. Facebook groups have started globally to support each other in local areas. Check them out to see if anyone has put out a plea for assistance. You can also introduce yourself, explain how you could help and what your availability is like. A trip to the shop or collecting a parcel could be a big deal to someone.
There are also groups for those who have the virus at present to share their experience and thoughts during isolation. Sometimes you don’t have to be local to be a support. Messages of support could be very reassuring to someone having a hard time right now.