How to handle or support loved ones who have COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone globally. As we take on these unprecedented days together, we might know someone whose life has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. It’s times like these when we’re especially lucky to be surrounded by helpful people.

As we all struggle to understand our new normal, what do we do when a loved one has tested for COVID-9? How do we comfort each other? And how do we convey hope and understanding?

Here are things you can do to help someone with COVID-19 while staying safe yourself.

1. Make a call

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, the first thing that a patient needs to do is to isolate themselves. To help lessen the person from feeling isolated, personally reach out and make a phone call and see how the individual is doing. Although some may prefer to have their privacy, it won’t hurt to reach out.

2. Show compassion and practice kindness

Showing compassion encompasses a deep consideration that all of us instinctively have for others. Although we cannot always be on each other’s side, by acts of kindness, we can care for others.

3. Help cover basic needs

Help them with grocery shopping, buying medication, and getting other items they may need. Consider having the items delivered through a delivery service, if possible.

4. Ask about finances

Although it may sound uncomfortable asking about finances, it may be prudent to check their financial health if you know a loved one may be facing financial burdens or live pay check to pay check without an emergency fund.

5. Influence them on having a new routine

If you feel as though your friend or loved one is struggling to maintain feelings of normalcy, try to help them establish something of a routine to carry them through their period of isolation. Maybe you could watch a movie together, something that he has not tried since the lockdown.

6. Avoid Gossip or Speculation

When talking to someone who is sick, or an affected family member, avoid gossip or speculation. There is a powerful human side of this crisis that deserves our quiet attention, calm civility, and careful respect.

Most importantly, during this tough time, it is important to take care of your own mental health too. Even if it seems like it is the last thing you have time for, this can mean finding extra time for self-care activities. Keep up the workout, get enough sleep, get enough vitamins, eat nutritious food, and practice meditation.