How to help Houston-area healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak

Testing struggles in Houston, Harris County
Testing struggles in Houston, Harris County

As cases increase in and around Houston, countless healthcare workers and first responders are working tirelessly on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Here are 7 easy ways you can support them.

Help house healthcare workers and first responders

Healthcare professionals and first responders who live with aging parents or children and spouses suffering from chronic health conditions like cancer and diabetes are among those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic facing a dilemma as they respond to the outbreak: How to minimize their families’ risk of contracting the virus. Now, in a newly launched Facebook group, thousands nationwide are stepping in to address the problem. The group, RVs 4 MDS, which has amassed nearly 16,000 followers since it launched in late March, matches healthcare workers and first responders with vacant RV’s, trailers, campers, apartments and other dwellings where they can isolate during the outbreak. Anyone with such a space can readily post it in the group for a chance to match with healthcare workers and first responders in need.

Donate blood

As workplaces, schools and worship centers shuttered to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many blood donation drives were also cancelled or postponed. Blood donation is one of the activities deemed essential under Harris County’s “Stay Home, Work Safe” order. Find a blood donation location near you using the American Association of Blood Banks locator or the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center locator.

Feed healthcare workers and first responders

Healthcare employees and first responders working long hours may not have the time or energy to prepare food or pick up groceries. Help feed these workers and their families. Order them food and if you’re healthy and able, offer to go on a grocery run for them. Wear a mask, wash your hands often and maintain proper social distancing while out and about and deliver the groceries at their doorstep.

Donate personal protective equipment


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