Practicing “social distancing” and staying home as much as possible is the best way to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and prevent overwhelming our health care system. However, there are ways you can support those on the frontlines right from your couch.
1. Stay Home, Save Lives. Let’s look forward to those moments—big and small—that people are staying home and staying healthy for. For instance:
- “I stay home so my dad can walk me down the aisle. #StayHomeSaveLives”
- “I stay home so my grandma can come to my graduation. #StayHomeSaveLives”
- “I say home so I can meet my friends for dinner when social distancing ends. #StayHomeSaveLives”
2. Say Thank You to our #HealthCareHeroes. Add a spark of joy in these uncertain times and lift up those who are putting their lives at risk to protect ours by sending a short video message via social media saying thank you. You can also share an image including our health care heroes camera filter on Facebook!
3. Shine for the Frontline. Emergency physicians and other health care workers are battling the public health crisis of our lifetime—and they need our support now, more than ever. We can come together, while staying apart, by shining a light every Sunday at 8pmEST as we continue the fight against the pandemic.
4. Help #GetUsPPE. Emergency physicians and health systems are facing severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE)—like N95 masks, gowns, face shields and eye wear—leaving millions of health care workers at risk in the midst of this outbreak. Go to GetUsPPE.org to help efforts to get personal protection equipment (PPE) to emergency departments that desperately need it. You can also ask Congress to exhaust every option available to increase PPE production and prioritize distribution to frontline health care providers.
5. Continue the Conversation. This virus is serious, and we need to treat it as such for the foreseeable future. That means hunkering down and finding new ways to connect with others. Follow @EmergencyDocs to get the latest information from the American College of Emergency Physicians on how you can best protect yourself and your family.