Reducing the Strain on the Healthcare System

The healthcare system is likely to be pushed to its max. In addition to protecting ourselves and our communities from covid-19, we must do everything we can to ease the burden.

  • Do your best to keep their systems clear. Let non-urgent concerns wait.
  • If your area has not yet been hit hard, request necessary refills or paperwork ASAP, before the wave comes.
  • Maintain your usual regimens of medication, diet, and exercise.
  • Eat enough fruits and vegetables to avoid vitamin deficiencies. 
  • Use caution and good food safety procedures. (Here’s a twitter tutorial!)
  • Practice good first aid for home injuries, but seek help promptly if needed. The less a wound festers, the less resources it will take to treat it.
  • Monitor children closely to avoid accidents and injuries.
  • If you must go out, visit a pharmacy (not a doctor’s office or hospital!) and get your flu shot and other vaccines if you haven’t already.
  • If you must go out, drive extra cautiously to avoid accidents. Avoid bicycling or walking on busy streets if you can.
  • Contact your support network, mental health professional, or a crisis hotline right away  if you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm. See hotline numbers.
  • Maintain harm reduction strategies that are working for you.
  • Donate blood and/or plasma by appointment. The Red Cross is concerned that social distancing may result in reduced donors.
  • Donate any excess medical supplies you have, like gloves, masks, or alcohol wipes. Most people do not need these items, especially if they are isolating themselves at home.
  • If you can, make and donate personal protective equipment. If you have materials but cannot make the items yourself, route the materials to someone who can.

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