5 ways to thank a healthcare worker during the coronavirus crisis

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Healthcare Heroes work here display in Richmond, Va.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Richmond CEO Vivian White and Human Resources Director Kristen Griffin worked with a local company to display a sign not only thanking employees at their hospital but also all those in the community.

Healthcare employees are at the frontline of this battle against the coronavirus.

While the majority of Americans are sheltering at home, these individuals continue to come into work every day, serving their patients, despite the risks they face.

During this time especially, these individuals deserve our thanks. The following are just a few ways you can show healthcare works in your community some love.

Give them a shout out on social media

The hashtag #healthcareheroes has been trending in the last several weeks. Use it on your social media and post a message of thanks and encouragement to all the healthcare workers out there. It can be a quick video or a simple statement of thanks. Whatever the case, your shout out on social could give a healthcare worker the encouragement needed during this difficult time.

Cheer them on from a distance

While a high five or a handshake is frowned upon during these days of social distancing, you can still cheer on healthcare workers in your community. Post a sign in a window in your home or in the front yard thanking them for their hard work and dedication, or if you see someone in scrubs be sure to thank them—­from a distance, of course.

Donate a meal

What better way to say thank you than with food? However, if you’d like to donate a meal to healthcare workers, make sure it’s from a restaurant. Understandably, most hospitals are not taking homemade goods at this time, but many restaurants are offering free deliveries. In a time when hospitals are limiting their cafeteria offerings, a meal from a restaurant could be just what they need to get them through their busy day.

Offer to help them at home

Have a friend or neighbor who works in healthcare? Offer to help out at home. It may be taking their dog for a mid-day walk or picking up a couple of groceries for them while you getting your own. Many healthcare workers are being asked to take on extra hours, so a little help at home could go a long way.

Finally, stay healthy

We know you’ve heard it, but we’ll say it again: wash your hands; don’t touch your face; stay at home, if possible; and practice social distancing if you must go out. These are simple things we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the virus from overwhelming our healthcare providers. Doing our part to stay healthy could be the best behind-the-scenes way to support our healthcare workers during this pandemic. 

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