As an introduction …

As a result of the global crisis – a coronavirus pandemic in the economy, the economic situation, but most of all in the daily lives of citizens of many countries, there was a stir. How we respond to the outbreak of a pandemic depends on our personal predispositions, experiences and conditions, as well as the community in which we live.

The reaction of Polish citizens …?

It can not be hidden that information about the appearance of “patient 0” in our country met with some kind of panic. Buying masks, gloves, pasta, toilet paper is just the beginning of a long list of not entirely thought out and instinctive actions that Poles have recently committed. There were a series of memes and funny videos on the Internet showing the actions of scared citizens. No wonder then. Fear breeds panic.

Here comes the basic question … If not so, how? How should we behave during this crisis? What can we do to help the case without endangering ourselves and our families? Someone might colloquially say “live on and wait for it to end” – no. In such a difficult time for society, every decision we make should be considered in the general category. In times of such crisis, civic responsibility is a key factor to overcome the epidemic.

At the beginning of? Prevention

Let’s start with seemingly obvious things … but many people still need to be reminded of them. First of all, make sure that you are not a threat to others. There is a reason why you always say “you want to change something – start with yourself”. First, avoid contact with others if you have a cold, a cough or a fever. Avoid spitting in public places and be careful when sneezing and emptying your nose. If the symptoms of the disease, such as cough, runny nose or fever are getting worse, be sure to visit a GP who will guide us further. In the event that we have returned from a long journey or we have contact with such a person, one should be particularly vigilant with respect to appearing symptoms. Keep a safe distance (min. 2 m), and observe separate zones in supermarkets and buses. After returning from the court, supermarket or other public places, immediately wash your hands and disinfect your hands. We should also remember that from April 16 we are obliged to cover the mouth and nose in public places.

What about us? What role do young people play in all this?

It turns out very large. As many of us know, Italy is currently the country with the fastest increase in COVID-19 incidence. Specialists say that one of the reasons for this increase was the Italian citizens (especially young people) disregarding the recommendation to stay at home. Youth in large clusters partied, which led to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Why do i say about this? Because other countries must draw the appropriate conclusions. The so-called. “coronaholidays” can not become a time of carefree fun for us. If we no longer want best attitude is described, which we as youth can peel.  #stayathome

What about the job?

Unfortunately, there is no golden mean in this matter. As we know, not all work can be done from home, and it is impossible to suspend all workplaces for such a long period of time. However, if we have the opportunity to do our work remotely – do not hesitate. This is a very useful skill that you can quickly learn. Yes, it requires reorganization of free time, but it is a really low price that we can make our families and ourselves safer.

However, if we can not afford such an option, be careful. Avoid giving hands in our workplaces and remember about hygiene. Let’s also make sure that our company adheres to the rules prevailing in the face of epidemiological threat (such as to spend this time in a useful way (as many know it is difficult to motivate to learn …) then at least we should be careful and avoiding clusters of people but preferably staying in their homes. Let’s also put ourselves in the role of our teachers, for whom it is in no way a break from work. Let’s follow their instructions and show understanding especially for the older generation of teachers (not everyone can immediately switch to online lessons).

A special post has been posted on our school’s Facebook page, an excerpt from which I can quote “Transfer your social life to the Internet, and boredom kill thanks books, hobbies or homeworks” – in a few wise words the measuring temperature or providing antibacterial gels).

Also, remember that many companies are affected because of this situation. We have to reckon with the fact that everyone will suffer some losses. We can only hope that the government will react appropriately by providing appropriate support to companies and their employees.

Is there any way to help directly?

Of course yes. As we know, the most vulnerable group is the elderly. For this reason, it is our duty as citizens to take care of the elderly, sick and lonely. Surely there will be someone around us who we can help in everyday activities, whether shopping or walking the dog. Very often such a person is even among our neighbors. Special groups are created in social media, in which we can share our contact number, thus offering help in case of need.

If we have completed the first aid course or emergency medical course we can also help. As we know because of panic in many pharmacies and thus many Polish homes lack basic pharmacological products such as gauze, a tourniquet etc. Facebook is also helpful here. A special group was formed on it, bringing together people who, if needed, offer help. Together with the first aid kit, they arrive at the address indicated and in the event of cuts, burns or other minor wounds, needy people no longer have to call overloaded ambulances at this time. If we have a predisposition, it is worth getting involved in such activities.

Another support group is looking for people who could take a walk and feed owners’s pets of the temporary quarantine. This is a great option for animal lovers and above all safe (so far no risk of infection from animals has been found). Dogs will definitely be grateful to us.

However, if we want to offer some material help and add our proverbial “brick” to buy medical equipment needed in the event of a higher incidence rate, we also have such a possibility. There are many charitable collections that raise money on the Internet. However, it is worth checking whether the collection is legalized and whether 100% of the amount will be transferred for the target before payment.

Medical, nursing or pharmacological students can take up another form of volunteering. Each of them can sign a contract, after which they will be a full-fledged volunteer in an epidemiological emergency.

One can hear more and more about the fact that many institutions such as social welfare homes lack the necessary face masks. Employees must provide this for themselves and their charges on your own.  If we can sew ourselves, we can help such institutions. For those who are friends with the sewing machine, this mask is just 15 minutes of work. We can first supply ourselves, our relatives and neighbors. Secondly we can  check if there is a social institution in our area that reports lack off masks. We can mobilize friends, our families and help for such places.

Article written by Weronika Piotrowska from class 3d.