For over a year now we've all been living in an almost dystopic world, hoping and praying for this nightmare to come to an end. Most people thought the COVID 19 crisis would be long over by now and we'd go back to our normal lives, but that has not been able to happen. If anything the situation has gotten way out of hand. COVID 19 cases have increased drastically and in places like New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka the situation has turned into a humanitarian crisis. There is a dire shortage of medical beds, ventilators, and oxygen. The sudden COVID 19 surge is due to an Indian Origin mutant variant which is proving to be deadlier.
In this time of need, we are not all able to physically help(because it is not safe to do so) those who require it but, here are a few ways we can all contribute.
1. Take Initiative
India's youth have used social media to help their countrymen gain access to essential healthcare and survive. The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on India's healthcare system, forcing many users to seek support on social media. #SOS requests for oxygen tanks, medications, hospital beds, and other necessities are now widespread on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
Amplifying the needs of people on social media or even contacting someone with leads can prove to be extremely helpful. Most people have access to social media, making it the easiest and fastest way to gather life-saving information. Using hashtags such as #Covid19IndiaHelp, #COVIDEmergencyIndia, and #COVIDIndiaSOS can make your messages reach a larger audience and help others in an efficient manner.
2. Donate Plasma
If you have completely recovered from Covid recently, you might be able to help others who are fighting it right now. you can help by donating your plasma which now contains COVID 19 antibodies. These antibodies helped you fight the virus and might able to help others. Anyone who has completely recovered from COVID 19 and is eligible to donate blood and has not received the COVID 19 vaccine can consider donating their plasma after two weeks of recovery. Based on available scientific evidence, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) determined that this product may be successful in treating COVID-19 and that the product's known and potential benefits outweigh the product's known and potential risks.
3. Help the Vulnerable
During a lockdown, the elderly, who are more vulnerable to the virus, will benefit from your assistance. Identify the elderly and disabled people in your neighborhood and offer to help them with their everyday needs if possible. The elderly, more than anyone else, depend on social interaction, and they need it now more than ever. If running errands for them is not possible you can check in on them regularly using phone calls.
4. Support the Underprivileged
Take a moment to consider those who do not have the luxury as millions of Indians to seek refuge at home in order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Housekeepers, security guards, and building gardeners, for example, look around you and evaluate whether there is anything you can do to help them out. Try to ensure that they have all the basic necessities to survive. Make a safe environment for them to come and tell you in case they are in dire need of anything. You can also support them by bringing to their attention the current situation and how they should be protecting themselves from this virus.
5. Check Your Facts
“What we discover about Covid-19, how it spreads, to whom and why, and how best to mitigate it—all depend on information... How we individually, collectively, socially, politically, and internationally cope with it depends on what we know and how we understand it.”
Before you give out information to others, check your facts! We must be the watchdogs for our own and others' protection during a pandemic when rumors and fear run rampant. Be wary of sharing alarmist news before fact-checking on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform. Make it your priority to check whatever information you're putting out there through a trusted source.
PPE kits, oxygen concentrators, medical testing systems, and other materials are being delivered to India's frontline workers by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
GIVE.asia, a Singapore-based fund-raising network for causes across Asia, has announced that it is collaborating with the Singapore Red Cross to send ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and oxygen generators to India. Person fund-raising campaigns are also hosted on the website.
Staff and volunteers from the Indian Red Cross Society run blood drives, provide assistance oxygen supply and medical supplies, and provide other vital services throughout the region.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs are rallying to buy 3,000 oxygen concentrators, which would provide direct relief, through Ketto, a crowdfunding site based in Mumbai.
The Association for India's development, which partners with nonprofits in India, says it has volunteers distributing food and protective equipment in most of India's 29 states.
Care India claims to have given over 39,000 P.P.E. kits, as well as masks and other medical supplies, to hospitals and frontline staff in India.
These are just some organizations you can donate to.
Remember, no act of kindness is too small!