I consider myself to be a relatively calm and rational person most of the time, but I’ll admit that I’m finding it hard not to panic a tiny bit with all of the sensationalist reporting and panic shopping that’s taking place as a result of the Coronavirus. So, I wanted to do something positive and hopefully helpful. Many people are struggling right now, so here are a few ways that you can support your community during times like this. If you have more suggestions to add, please comment!
Let’s all work together (from a safe social distance, of course).
- The restrictions on large gatherings means that many events, concerts, festivals, and programs are canceled. This can have a truly devastating effect on small arts organizations. If you have tickets to something that has canceled, consider donating your tickets back to the organization.
- Purchase gift certificates to your favorite local restaurants or businesses.
- Tip service providers well.
- Check on your neighbors. Buy groceries or other supplies for people who cannot leave the house.
- If you’re feeling overly anxious, stay away from the news and social media. For me, I’m going to try and get outside more. Do whatever brings you some peace.
- Watch what you post on social media. Keep it positive. If you’re a SAHM, consider posting advice and resources for parents who are freaking out about potential school closures.
- (And the obvious one) If you’re sick, stay home. Reach out to friends and neighbors if you need help but shouldn’t leave the house.
- (Another obvious one) Don’t fight people for groceries or buy an insane amount of food at one time. We need to flatten this curve, too, so that the panic-buying doesn’t lead to more panic-buying.