The pandemic continues to wreak havoc worldwide, with India suffering from the second wave of the COVID-19 virus. It is also uncomfortable to think that multiple variants are starting to spread, making essentially every place in the world feel dangerous. The pandemic remains a severe threat to countries, cities, and homes, making it necessary to take health and safety seriously.
However, you will find that people will be relying on leaders, especially within their community. It will be essential to take the lead if you want to ensure that your neighborhood remains safe amid the hostile pandemic. Fortunately, you have the authority to pursue initiatives that can help your people survive through this unfortunate and challenging time.
These tasks will be critical to your services for your local community:
Creating Isolation Areas
The pandemic will drive many patients to seek hospitalization, especially when symptoms are starting to get worse. As a result, hospitals and other medical institutions will be overwhelmingly busy. Most of them might no longer have the rooms and workforce capacity to attend to the people in need of medical attention. Doctors will instruct patients to go home and isolate, but the infection might be at a life-threatening point. They will require medical equipment to ensure survival, but hospitals already reached their capacities.
It will be necessary for community leaders to take action, starting with providing patients with a place where they can isolate and receive treatment safely. Isolation areas with a few medical equipment and drugs will keep infected people stable as they wait for hospital room vacancies. However, you will have to seek doctors and staff to ensure that patients still get the attention they need in case of emergencies.
Pursuing Mobile Integrated Healthcare
Hospitals have to deal with patients suffering from COVID-19 because it remains the leading cause of death for the past year. However, not every patient requiring hospitalization has the virus. There remain people who suffer from terminal illnesses and diseases that require treatment. However, fear of contracting COVID-19 might prevent them from going to the hospital. It will be necessary to ensure that those non-COVID-19 patients get the attention they need, which is where a mobile integrated healthcare model can pay dividends for your local community.
Emergency Medical Services might be focusing their efforts on incidents and COVID-19 patients, leaving those who require healthcare or paramedic care at the long end of the waiting list for EMS. Fortunately, community paramedicine will connect them to doctors who can guide them to the necessary actions for survival. Your efforts might be 90% directed towards the battle against COVID-19, but it does not mean that you will disregard patients with other treatment needs.
Organizing Relief Programs
The pandemic affects not only people’s health and safety but also their livelihood. Many citizens lost their jobs as businesses have to shut down. Many more companies went bankrupt, which means unemployment is almost as lethal as COVID-19. As a result, people struggle to make ends meet. When they contract the virus, the hospital bills add to their list of overwhelming problems. It will be necessary to look after your people’s survival, starting with your efforts for relief programs.
This pandemic is the time when you can use your funds to help your fellow community members. Your program needs to provide food and resources that allow them to make ends meet or even survive for a couple more days. Fortunately, you can seek help from volunteers willing to donate relief goods and other materials to people who need them more. Take time to organize those programs to ensure that you are looking out for people’s health and wellness.
Enforcing Social Distancing Protocols
Once you establish those actions for COVID-19 patients, you will have to ensure that the number of active cases in your community slows down. As the community leader, you will have to enforce strict social distancing protocols to ensure people’s safety. Have the authorities roam around the city to maintain distance between community members. People already know how severe a threat COVID-19 is, so you will not have problems reminding them of their duties as responsible citizens. If you notice a few violators, you will have to ensure that they understand why it is essential to maintain social distancing protocols during this challenging time.
Community leaders will have to take on the responsibility of making their area a safer and healthier place during the pandemic. Fortunately, these acts will allow you to prevent COVID-19 from becoming worse, even if it is only in your city.