From coast to coast, Canada’s government, businesses, and people are coming together against the COVID-19 pandemic by staying apart. But during this time of social distancing, what else can we do to help those in need?
Here are 3 ways you can help from (close to) home:
Canadians testing COVID-19 positive, recently back from out-of-country travels, or more susceptible to contracting the corona virus, are self-confined to their homes for at least two weeks. This time without much, or any, social interaction can become quite lonely.
A 2004 study on the psychological effects of isolation during the SARS epidemic reported an increased prevalence of distress and depression. To combat those feelings, it’s important to stay connected with our networks and neighbours at this time. During his March 16th, 2020 address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided some ways we can stay connected.
“The strength of our country is our capacity to come together and care for each other, especially in times of need. So call your friends. Check in with your family. Think of your community. Buy only what you need at the store. But if you’re heading out to grab groceries, ask your neighbour if you can get them anything. And if you know someone who is working on the frontlines, send them a thank you. See how they’re holding up.” -Justin Trudeau
ENSURING WE ALL EAT
Although Health Canada advises you to have the essentials and avoid stock-piling, grocery store lineups are extra-long and shelves are increasingly bare. Many are concerned that shops may close or run out of supplies, despite announcements stating otherwise. The real worry is that community kitchens are closing because of COVID-19. This is increasing the need for fresh and canned goods offered by local food banks across the country. One in 8 households, that’s more than 4 million Canadians, are food insecure. If you’re not able to drop off non-perishable food items at your local food bank or grocery store donation bin, you’re also able to make a donation online. CanadaHelps’ website allows you to select a charitable category by location or the nonprofits’ name.
STATE THE FACTS
There’s so much information, and misinformation, about COVID-19 circulating online. Our social feeds and inboxes are being inundated with everything corona virus-connected and it can become overwhelming and confusing to separate fact from fiction. Unfortunately, this also leads to the re-posting and forwarding of reports that are not accurate. To avoid sharing inaccurate information, ensure it’s coming from reliable sources such as established news outlets as well as government websites and announcements. Together, we will get through this. We’d love to hear how you’re helping, or being helped during this time. Please share your stories with us!