COVID-19: How We Can Help Each Other?
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.

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  • Amiya Ranjan Pattnaik says:

    A ray of hope in these scary days, hope everything will be back to normal soon.I strongly agree as well as appreciate all the points mentioned by the author.

  • Ashleigh Davis says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I think it’s super important to spread the word during this scary time!

    Lots of love,

    Ashleigh – https://www.ashleighsmoment.com

  • Alison Kelly says:

    It’s important to check on the people in your circle. I have been scheduling nightly facetime chats with all of my friends and family to make sure everyone is doing ok. It helps me too! Thanks for the post!

  • Emma says:

    So true! Being part of a community is more important than ever. We just need to be a bit creative with how we are kind to those around us

  • Lauren says:

    Such a scary time with so much uncertainty! These are great suggestions! Thank you for sharing!

  • Nancy says:

    I love that there are so many ways we can do to slow down the spread of the virus. I’m trying to limit going out and being near people. Thanks for sharing the good vibes!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  • Sarah Mark says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I have been self-isolating for the past week I am lucky enough that I can work from home but there are so many people out there who are losing money or losing the jobs! We can all do things to help each other out whether it’s just checking on our neighbours, doing some shopping or phoning elderly relatives to make sure they are okay.

  • Dasynka says:

    I’m trying my best by donating, spreading the right messages through my IG and staying in following all the rules. Everyone has to do the best to come out of this situation !
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

  • Sophie Wentworth says:

    Such a great point. My neighbour is a (very healthy and mobile) 75 year old and I’ve seen her sons pop in a few times recently so I know she’s covered but I’m keeping a lookout just in case she does need anything. It’s true about being the most and least social, I’ve checked in on so many friends this week to check their more vulnerable relatives are all doing well. I’m glad everyone is keeping an eye on each other though x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  • Shana Seigler says:

    I love this so much. I almost teared up. I live in a neighborhood where when I wave they ignore me so the relationships aren’t the best. I keep waving though. However, there is this little elderly man with his dog, that’s my buddy. Love him. The letter thing might help some of my other neighbors to have better attitudes I hope.

  • Sumedha says:

    Lovely post! We all need to try better. Stay safe and healthy 💛

  • Lisa Marie Alioto says:

    Great article about how to come together while staying safe!

  • Hayley says:

    Thanks Gemma for sharing these tips on how to connect with and help others at such a confusing time.

    It’s a real shame that so many people are acting quite selfishly and not thinking about the vulnerable groups that need a bit more support right now. Hopefully we’ll see an increase in social responsibility and kindness over the coming weeks.

    Hayley | https://wonderandgrey.co.uk

  • Kayleigh Zara says:

    These are some really good tips! Posts like this are so important in the current climate. I’ve been calling my family alot and keeping in touch via facetime since I have nothing else to do x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌟 http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

  • Olivia says:

    I agree, during these scary times we should all help each other as much as possible and take precautions! It’s okay to be worried, it’s more about being there for those who struggle via socials etc especially when you can’t meet. Check up on your friends, family and keep in touch to spread positive vibes!

    xoxo Olivia | https://www.oliviaandbeauty.com

  • Rayo says:

    Yeah that’s true, social distancing should is not the same as disconnecting. I love the idea of printable cards, it is so smart and a kind way to offer help.

  • Britt K says:

    Local Facebook groups and the Nextdoor app have really facilitated communications here in the small town that I call home. I’ve seen posts going up keeping everyone updated on local business, offering assistance to those in need and more. In the middle of all this negativity and panic, it has actually been a beacon of hope reminding all of us that there is still good in the world.

  • Jaya Avendel says:

    I connected most with your point about how disconnected we have become from the people who live around us. I like half an hour from the nearest town and only a handful of people live on my road, but I know all their names and relations. When I moved here, I made it a point to go out and connect.
    I love the printable postcard idea! In the face of this virus, people are suddenly becoming a lot more decent.

  • Lozza says:

    These are great ideas!

    It’s such a scary time and people panic buying makes things so much worse.

    Offering to help your neighbours is such a sweet thing to do and they’ll be so grateful!

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

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