Care workers are simultaneously the heroes and the victims of the effects of the pandemic. The importance of supporting them not only impacts their own well-being, and the help that they are able and willing to provide, but the trajectory of the pandemic itself.
True appreciation is not only recognising someone’s efforts and contribution. It also involves showing respect and understanding, as well as gratitude. Community Care Workers (CCW) who are putting themselves in the path of the virus include:
Here are ideas for things you can do as an individual, family, group of friends or community to show the CCWs in your life that you care.
The most important thing you can do: Protect yourself from Covid-19 infection so that the health system don’t get overwhelmed which will increase the risk of CCWs. Stay at home as much as possible; wear a mask correctly when you leave your house; practice social distancing and wash our hands regularly and thoroughly. To ensure that CCWS don’t need to deal with other serious and avoidable diseases resurfacing, remember to immunise your children.
Thank you so much for your wonderful care in the Cape Town.