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Close your eyes and listen to the audio version.

I know you’re restless, and you’re not alone. A National Plan to Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing in the US published this weekend and addressed the shortages that currently disadvantage the US.

We need the three T’s: Test, Trace, and Treat

ONE

Volunteer for blood testing that aims to understand where the virus has already been. Testing is largely out of the average American’s hand, but if there are public calls, you can volunteer a blood sample. No, sadly, we are unlikely to find that the virus infected everyone in November and December, though I find that theory tempting, too.

TWO

Donate to the convalescent plasma collection if you have had and recovered from COVID-19. At this time, this is the most effective therapeutic option. It’s possible it could be used to protect high-risk individuals or healthcare workers. Find out more about the process and option here.

THREE

Organize a community group of people who will assist isolated and quarantined people so they don’t need to leave their homes. We cannot ask people to stay locked up if we won’t help them meet their basic needs. Don’t assume everyone has family or friends nearby.

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FOUR

Mental health has taken a hit at the national and individual levels. Many are struggling. While professional services would be ideal, it’s possible that many may only need an active listener. Those needing more than listening can access services like BetterHelp.com, which offers some need-based financial aid for tele-counseling services.

FIVE

Designate a local public health/COVID-19 resource. Right now, people are struggling to know what to believe and trusted members of a community will have a much easier time communicating and answering questions. Reach out to your state public health department for guidance, or turn to any of the reliable resources found in major public health research institutions.

SIX

Volunteer for contact tracing. Record numbers of people are unemployed, so this could help those struggling financially and help communities contain the spread.

We need to add more people in multiple places. How can we do it? I don’t have the answers and hope you’ll contribute your ideas to the discussion.

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Building A Community Health Worker Program
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Building A Community Health Worker Program

The only way out of here is together, so let’s do this.

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