COVID-19: How to help

By Lauren Hartnett
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Steps you can take today to make a difference in the fight against COVID-19.

As COVID-19 continues to spread in communities near and far, it can feel overwhelming and scary. But there are ways we can help slow and cope with this health crisis together. No one individual, community, or country can deal with this challenge alone. We must work together, in our communities and across borders, with dignity and compassion.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Take care of yourself: Stay healthy, stay active, stay calm, and wash your hands.

Take care of others: Stay home to help flatten the curve and give our healthcare workers the best chance to handle this. Check in on neighbors, friends, and family. Make video calls. Ask how you can help.

Support small businesses, responsibly: Get takeout or delivery directly from your favorite local restaurants. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, buy gift cards from them or other local shops.

Donate to organizations helping people most affected by COVID-19: Support your local food bank, check Charity Navigator for a list of highly-rated charities supporting communities around the world, or support Oxfam’s relief efforts, including our work to deliver clean water, soap, and sanitation services to refugees and people living in high-risk environments.

Push for policies that will help all of us succeed together: We are calling on federal and state legislators to urgently provide for paid sick leave, free coronavirus testing, and food assistance for low-income families and children. As the economy takes a staggering blow, we need to make immediate, large-scale investments that benefit working families and provide sensible, sustainable economic stimulus.

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