Supporting the COVID-19 Frontline Online

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Supporting the COVID-19 Frontline Online


Frontliners battling COVID-19 will forever be praised for the heroes that they are. Doctors, nurses, medical practitioners, pharmacists, security guards, policemen, soldiers, local government officials, people who work at gas stations, or grocery stores and food shops that continue to operate are but some of the brave souls who serve us despite the constant risk of infection.

But aside from these immediately visible individuals, other heroes have also heeded the call to service. There are voluntary frontliners who are finding ways to support essential workers in different ways. These selfless people aim to make life easier, in whatever way they can, for the previously mentioned group who, due to the nature of their profession, physically have to report to work amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

These good souls are leveraging social media and other online resources to disseminate information about their voluntary services and communicate with frontliners on how they can be there for them.

In many places, neighborhoods have started taking care of frontliners we can reach. Some residential-building communities and villages have provided more comfortable temporary sleeping quarters and food for security, maintenance, and administration personnel who have opted to shelter in their workplace.

Likewise, many individuals have extended support during their grocery or pharmacy runs by giving snacks to traffic enforcers or military personnel deployed in different quarantine checkpoints. Keep in mind that it is best to share food items that do not easily spoil, as these frontliners may not have easy access to a refrigerator for a few long hours. A simple gesture, such as a smile, wave, or even salute at these public servants are great ways to show our appreciation for their service, too.

If you are looking for ways to do your part online, here are some groups that are supporting frontliners during this crisis and are spreading light during these most difficult times.

Covidbusters, ATBP is a Facebook group which seeks to provide credible answers regarding Covid-19. They share online resources on mental health, guidelines in the vernacular on the different scopes of self-isolation, self or home quarantine for persons under investigation (PUIs) or persons under monitoring (PUMs), and community quarantine. …

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