You’re pent up insde, perhaps a bit confused. Or frustrated. Or both. But you want to help! Here are a few guidelines on small and simple gestures that you can put into practice to effectively help from home.
1. Make your own face mask (if you can). If you’ve ruffled around the news, you may know that there is a serious worldwide shortage of respirators or N-95 masks and surgical face masks. While some governments are not addressing when exactly health professionals will be provided with more equipment, the CDC has now updated its guidelines to include homemade face masks as an acceptable form of equipment given the circumstances.
If you’re crafty and your sewing machine is collecting dust, you can help your local hospital, pharmacy or nursing home by making big batches of face masks. There are specific requirements you must meet in order for them to be acceptable for medical use, so make sure you follow them by contacting the institutions that you’d like to support first.
The CDC guidelines suggest using high thread-count material like pillowcases and bedsheets that can “breathe”, like the post below. And while homemade face masks must be backed up by face shields when used by health professionals, they are of great support in the absence of any material.
2. Don’t share Fake News. Local and state authorities have alerted that when it comes to consuming and sharing information related to COVID-19, fake news can generate a stir and unnessary anxiety, particularly among the most vulnerable target groups in this crisis. What’s more, Marbella’s local government has added that they would take legal action against anyone found spreading fake news.
When it comes to the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19, take a look at these trusty sources:
Worldwide: World Health Organization
In the US; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Locally: Ayuntamiento de Marbella
3. Shop Smart and Local. The most important selfless act anyone could do at the moment is to stay at home. Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have coronavirus. While limitations on lock-downs vary across the world, it’s important that you leave home only when absolutely necessary.
If you can, reduce the frequency with which you visit the supermarket and if possible, opt for shopping at your local food markets, as small businesses are some of the hardest-hit during these times and, often are fully stocked with those essentials we’re looking for.
Over the next few weeks, we will be offering our guests and readers tips to pass the time by tapping into our team’s expertise and guidance. You can find more on the #Stayhome folder on our Instagram page.