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How to Help Victims of Coronavirus

How to Help Victims of Coronavirus

April 13, 2020 / Patrick Zavorskas

As we know, the Coronavirus that started in China back late last year. From that time on, it has spread to at least 154 countries, affecting thousands of people and our daily lives as we know it. With this being said, there are some countries and regions of the world that have been hit harder than others. In many areas, daily life has come to an extreme pause, having local economies come at a standstill, while medical facilities are finding ways to cope and not fear about the shortage of supplies needed for their practices. The good news is that many charities and organizations were started and are continually looking for ways to help those affected by the pandemic. If you are curious about ways to help out these organizations or charities, here is what you can do to support them.

Where To Begin?

It can be hard to choose a charity or organization that fits with exactly what you want to do in providing aid for those affected by Coronavirus. In finding help, we recommend the app, Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is designed to evaluate charities using a numbers-based system, having a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. Some organizations focus on medical services, relief supplies, and more. You can find that charities that help with funding local organizations or even help in providing education and awareness to communities who may not know how to handle situations like these. 

Looking To Simply Donate Money?

For some, donating money is a more natural way to show they care about providing relief to those affected by Coronavirus. If you are stuck at looking for a charity to donate to, consider donating money to the New York Times recommended GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving is a genuinely incredible source that focuses on creating a sizeable global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies. As of right now, they have a set goal of reaching $5 million in donations. The money that is donated and received will go toward sending emergency medical workers to communities in need, providing medical supplies to hospitals, as well as helping deliver essential needs to families who cannot reach them during these times. 

For some, the want to contribute to the global effort to help those affected by Coronavirus, maybe by providing some form of medical supplies to those in need. Two amazing organizations to do so are as follows:

  1. Relief International :This organization operates in countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, now beginning to focus some efforts on helping Iran, where more than 20,000 infections and at least 1,500 deaths have been reported due to the diereses. The group has so far provided more than 50,000 pieces of medical protective gear: including 24,000 masks and 5,000 pairs of goggles, as well as 40,000 kits to test for the Coronavirus. 
  2. Heart to Heart International : This is an organization that focuses on distributing urgently needed equipment and medication to its partners around the world. Medical supplies are also being delivered to providers on the front lines.

Those seeking to give something other than money or medical supplies can look towards organizations such as the American Red Cross, where they can donate blood. There is a severe blood shortage because of a high number of blood drive cancellations during the outbreak, so healthy donors are urged to give blood, platelets, or AB plasma during these times. 

While this is just the start, there are many more ways to help contribute to the relief. Share with us what organizations you are consider donating to by following us on Instagram @itouchwearables and Facebook @itouchwearables and by dropping a comment and like. Also, be sure to check out our new articles published daily!

-Patrick


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