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Safe Ways to Help Your Community during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated on April 07, 2020

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It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of a worldwide pandemic, but there are actually a lot of safe things you can do to support your community during coronavirus.

From donating money to simply staying at home, here are five simple ways you can help during the COVID-19 outbreaks:

Follow social distancing rules to Flatten the Curve

Social Distancing can help slow the spread of Coronavirus, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is perhaps the most helpful thing you can do to keep your neighbors and community safe. For more details on how to protect yourself and your community, visit the CDC’s Coronavirus resource page.

Deliver meals or groceries

Elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are being asked to stay at home to decrease their exposure to Coronavirus. Many of these people need help getting access to food or common household items.

If you know of a neighbor in need, help your community by offering to pick up groceries for them next time you visit the store or drop off a pre-made dinner. You can also donate to Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit that delivers food and runs a “telephone reassurance” program to help keep in touch with seniors in need. Click here for more info.

Donate to your local food bank

Nonperishable food items are being stockpiled as the orders to self-isolate become stricter, which means local food banks are seeing massive declines in donations from grocery stores. Feeding America has set up a COVID-19 response fund, and is working to build an inventory of emergency food boxes to distribute to food banks as the need arises.

You can make a monetary donation, or call your local food bank and find out what their specific needs are. Click here to find a food bank in your area:

Shop at local businesses

An easy and safe way to support your community during the time of the Coronavirus pandemic is by shopping locally. While major stores and chains will most likely survive this dip in customer traffic, smaller businesses will have a harder time bouncing back.

If you plan on buying food or toiletries, go to your local grocery store rather than a major retailer. For nonessentials (like hair salons, nail spas, or coffee shops), consider buying gift certificates to use in the future. Don’t feel like cooking dinner? Order take out or delivery from your favorite local restaurant.

Donate blood

Blood donations are way down since the onset of the Coronavirus. Blood drives across the country have been cancelled due to concerns about congregating at workplaces, college campuses and schools amidst the coronavirus outbreak. These cancellations have resulted in more than 100,000 less blood donations.

The American Red Cross is urging healthy people, who have no symptoms of illness, to continue to donate blood and platelets. You can make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org.

If donations continue to decline, there is a major concern that hospitals will not have enough blood supply to meet the immediate needs as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.


Our mission at e-Health is to support the health and well-being of individuals and small-business. For additional coronavirus advice, health tips, and information on coverage, please visit eHealth.com

For information and guidelines specific to the coronavirus outbreak, visit cdc.gov

This article is for general information and should not be relied on as medical advice. Check with a medical professional for medical advice.

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