Updated: Jul 6
Efforts to donate time, skills and money are beginning to spring up across the country to help weather this crisis. Here are some things you can do:
Stay home as much as possible. Social distancing is saving lives right now.
Don't stockpile for weeks or hoard food. It can put the most vulnerable at risk.
Eater has compiled a huge number of efforts aimed at helping restaurant workers
Buy gift cards or prepay services that you like to give your local businesses a lifeline.
Donations to Relief International and Heart to Heart International help tackle the medical supplies shortage we are facing. Both organizations are providing masks and medical protective gear to frontline workers globally.
Support children. No Kids Hungry is feeding children in need due to school closures. UNICEF is donating hygiene and medical kits to schools. First Book is collecting 7 millions books to kids who lack internet access for home learning.
Similarly, New York has a volunteer service called Invisible Hands to shop for at-risk populations.
Give blood. Amid the outbreak the American Red Cross says there is a serious blood shortage.