If the words corona virus and pandemic have you worrying yourself silly, you’re not alone.
It is really unnerving when every time you switch on the television or turn on the radio a barrage of medical jargon is being thrown at you with statistics, death tolls and every warning under the sun.
– What can we do to minimize the panic? –
No doubt you’ve read a dozen articles on washing your hands for at least 20 seconds at a time and staying away from any anyone who’s sneezing or coughing. If you are concerned you may have been exposed to the corona virus, seek medical advice. Here’s some useful info regarding symptoms.
– prevention is always better than cure-
- Don’t shake hands
- Don’t be in crowds if you can avoid it
- Disinfect commonly used surfaces
- Self isolate
We can do all of those things, no worries. But what we should also be doing is taking a little time to be mindful of the less fortunate and the vulnerable people around us.
That could mean:
- Doing the grocery shopping for your elderly relative/friend to save them from being in a crowded shopping mall.
- While you’re at it, buy a couple extra cans of beans or soup and drop them off at your nearest shelter. The under privileged need those cans of soup more so than you know.
- Offer to do any errands for a friend or family member who could be in a vulnerable position. A little effort could go a long way.
- Reach out to the people you care about. The isolation that is called for with a pandemic can be really tough for some, so pick up the phone and send a message or better yet.. have a good long chat and reconnect.
- Support local and small businesses as much as you can. That may mean, instead of cancelling your dinner reservation you had for next week, ask them for a voucher instead. When things blow over, you can head on in to your favourite restaurant and enjoy!
Be safe and healthy xx