1st July is observed as National Doctors’ Day every year.
“Doctors” — Someone rightly said “Warriors in White”!
Since the world has been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers all over the world have been on the frontline: fighting this war with immense compassion, countless hours & endless dedication.
As responsible citizens, and compassionate human beings, the onus of keeping our saviours safe also lies upon us. In order to mark National Doctors’ Day on July 1, we are sharing with you some tips in which you can help doctors & other healthcare workers fight the pandemic.
1. Can’t Agree More on Stay Home, Stay Safe!
The best way to help medical staff is to avoid getting sick. Remember, you may not exhibit symptoms but you may still be capable of passing the virus on to someone who will get very sick. Please do not go outside if you absolutely do not need to. This will not only keep you and others safe, but will also reduce the burden on the medical workers.
2. Always Seek Support! Do Not Panic..
In case you do feel mild symptoms, make a call to your healthcare provider to discuss it first. In many cases, your doctor might just ask you to self-quarantine and help monitor your vitals remotely. However, this DOES NOT mean you should self-medicate. If the symptoms do not go away or become worse, make sure you go see a doctor in person.
3. When Sharing Is More Than Caring…
COVID-19 is far more likely to cause serious problems and fatality in older people, as well as immunocompromised people. If you know someone nearby who is considered high-risk, lend them a helping hand. Do their grocery shopping, daily chores or whatever else you can do to ensure they stay home. It will not only make you feel useful in a time when you might be feeling helpless, but also a small step to minimize the risk that others get sick.
4. “THANK YOU” Is Just a Small Word!
Doctors are experiencing the stress of the stigma and going through harsh times. Never misbehave. Do not stigmatize. They and their family need emotional support too. Few words of gratitude can boost their confidence and relieve stress. One way can be you can just write a thank you note for a doctor who helped you sail through tough times.
5. It’s Your TURN To Return The Favour!
Plasma is the liquid component of blood. People who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies against coronavirus in their plasma. This plasma might help doctors save people who are critically ill with COVID-19.
Remember, the healthcare workers need our love and support much more than usual. As they fight this battle from the frontline, make sure to give them a hand from the backdrop.
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Swati Mishra, Medical Editor)