5 Ways You Can Help Our Hospitals & Frontliners
August 2nd: 15,764 daily cases, 219 deaths, 1,146,186 confirmed cases
219 deaths marks the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths Malaysia has seen in a day. People are needlessly losing their lives, and the rest of us continue to lose loved ones due to this ruthless virus.
Our hospitals are overwhelmed and frontliners are left to decide who lives and who dies. We cannot let them face this horrifying 4th wave on their own.
CovidFund.my was launched to help our struggling hospitals procure urgent life-saving equipment and machinery to treat COVID-19 patients. While assistance in the form of donations and contributions is desperately needed, there are also various other ways you can help our hospitals and frontliners save lives.
- Get Vaccinated!
In the US, hospitalisations and death rates have significantly reduced within regions where a majority of the population has been vaccinated. In Malaysia, Labuan, Sarawak and Perlis will move to the third phase of Malaysia’s Covid-19 exit plan on Wednesday (Aug 4). High vaccination rates in these areas have resulted in a decline of Covid-19 infection.
Malaysia’s vaccination rate has skyrocketed over the past month, with 12.47 million doses administered in July. And the overall effects are already noticeable. However, it must be noted that adhering to SOPs are still vital for those who are fully vaccinated. You can still contract the virus (despite its less severe symptoms) and risk endangering others.
2. Mask up wherever you go
The Delta variant is an airborne strain of the virus, resulting in high rates of transmission. Now more than ever, we need to mask up when leaving our homes. It is recommended that people wear the N95 masks, which filter out small and large particles. An alternative would be to double mask.
One mask may not shield you sufficiently – wearing two layers solves this issue. Double masking also improves filtration. Especially now, when 1 in 30 Malaysians are said to have contracted the virus, mask-wearing is vital to reduce transmissions and hospitalisations.
3. Close contact? Showing symptoms? Self-quarantine immediately!
We need to take steps not just to protect ourselves, but also the people around us. If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or you’re displaying symptoms, it is highly advisable that you self-quarantine. The incubation period of the Covid-19 virus is 14 days, hence this is the recommended duration for self-isolating.
If you’re a close contact but you’re not displaying symptoms, it is still advisable that you isolate for this 2-week period as you could be an asymptomatic carrier. While there is no risk to you, infecting someone who is high risk could result in their hospitalisation, or worse! Although the thought of isolating is daunting, it could save the people around you, as well as our hospitals and frontliners.
4. Social distancing
Most of us are fortunate enough to be working from home, but others have no choice but to go to work. It is important for those at workplaces to constantly adhere to social distancing measures. Workplace clusters have caused huge spikes in numbers throughout this 4th wave.
Social distancing helps prevent transmission, especially in enclosed areas. Even if you’re heading out to buy groceries and supplies, make sure to social distance! By taking this small measure, we create massive ripple effects on the declining rate of COVID-19 infections, thus helping our hospitals and frontliners.
5. Say no to social visits
At this point of the pandemic, social visits should be avoided at all costs. While it’s understandable that we miss our family and friends, visiting them is not worth the risk of potentially infecting one another. This is especially true if you happen to visit someone who’s considered high risk. These types of visits have also contributed greatly to the high number of cases and hospitalisations.
If you have to visit someone for urgent reasons, remember to take the precautions mentioned above. It’s horrible witnessing someone you love suffer through COVID-19 but it’s even worse if you’re the one who transmitted the virus..
With our healthcare system on the brink of collapse and our frontliners exhausted from fighting this battle alone, it is important for us all to play our part. These simple steps could save our hospitals, frontliners and precious lives.
If you’re able to contribute monetarily to CovidFund’s urgent struggle, visit our fundraising page today!