How to Help Frontline Health Workers during COVID-19


Photo courtesy of Rachel Kim

Here are letters of encouragement and supplies for frontline health workers.

Priscilla Kim, Photojournalist

With the spread of COVID-19 only increasing around the world and especially in the United States, it is important and crucial that we give back to the community who are risking their lives for the sake of helping others during this tough time. Numerous frontline medical workers such as doctors, nurses, firemen, police, and more are doing their very best during these times and the least we could do is give them support.

Frontline health workers are the backbone of effective health systems – they are often based in the community and come from the community they serve, they play a critical role in providing a local context for proven health solutions, and they connect families and communities to the health system. Frontline health workers are those directly providing services where they are most needed, especially in remote and rural areas. Many are community health workers and midwives, though they can also include local pharmacists, nurses and doctors who serve in community clinics near people in need. They are the first and often the only link to health care for millions of people, are relatively inexpensive to train and support, and are capable of providing many life-saving interventions. 

With that being said, here are a few ways that one can show their love and support for these brave frontline workers who are fighting for themselves and those infected with Coronavirus:

1. Write letters to the doctors and nurses at your local hospital

Many churches are hand writing letters of encouragement and thanks to the doctors and nurses who are constantly putting others before them. This simple thanks can go a long way and make their day. Personally, I wrote letters with my church and the doctors greatly appreciated every word written.

2. Donate supplies

Obviously, supplies are limited at this time, but if a family member or parent is a part of the medical field such as dentistry, they can donate supplies such as masks, gloves, etc. to the doctors and nurses that need it. One can also team up with their local churches to help raise or donate money so that these frontline workers can purchase the supplies needed. 

3. Support small businesses by dropping of food to the hospital

 One can easily support small businesses by purchasing food from their store, and at the same time do something kind for the frontline workers at one’s local hospital by dropping off food to them.

4. Do your part by staying healthy and wearing masks when outside

If people do their part by staying inside and wearing masks and gloves when they do go outside this limits and reduces the amount of people that need to go to the hospital.   

5. Show appreciation by posting on social media

 Posting on social media will not only spread awareness for all that the frontline workers of COVID-19 are doing currently, but will also serve as a small thanks to them for everything that they do, regardless of whether they see it or not. 

Amanda Hansen (12) even states that, “Helping people especially in times like these does not take a lot, any help even if it is small will be appreciated.”