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Canadian Red Cross field hospital helps support healthcare amidst COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, healthcare systems are under strain to keep up with demand. This is one of the areas where the Canadian Red Cross is uniquely ready to respond and adapt to changing circumstances and needs.

Responding to COVID-19 around the world

Around the world, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. While our responses may be different, based on the needs in our areas, our commitment to provide impartial aid to the most vulnerable can be seen in action. Here are just a few snapshots of the work underway.
 

Friendly phone calls make all the difference

A couple of years ago, Gwen Schick retired. She discovered that she missed meeting people in the course of her travels for work. So, Gwen started volunteering as a Friendly Phone volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan.
The Friendly Phone program pairs volunteers with seniors who feel they could benefit from weekly phone calls. That’s it. 

From cruise to quarantine: one couple's journey in a pandemic

Lolita and her husband of 40 years set out for a 29-day cruise, and the word “quarantine” was certainly not on their minds. It came as a huge surprise when they found themselves caught in the epicentre of a Coronavirus outbreak onboard the Diamond Princess, but as they would later tell family, “quarantine has not been bad at all.”

COVID-19 definitions: Social distancing, self-monitoring and isolation

As Canadians across the country are being asked to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you have probably heard some different terms on the news, such as isolation, self-isolation, self monitoring and social distancing/physical distancing. Using the right terms is important because the right practices protect vulnerable people and help our health care workers. Let’s go through each of these terms and what they mean.

 

Working from home: Solutions to the challenges of an abrupt workspace change

Many of us are feeling it – the loneliness of working from home. Here are a few simple tips to spruce up your home office and keep you connected to your colleagues.
 

Taking care of mental health during COVID-19

How are you doing right now? The past few days and weeks have been stressful and for many people that stress and unease will continue.  While we’re spending so much time focusing on staying healthy, it’s important that our mental health is part of that. Here are some ways to take care of your mental health, whether your worried about current events, spending time alone, or caring for children.

Feeling bored at home? Take time to get ready

A lot of us are now at home following measures taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and if you’re anything like me there is only so much time you can spend rewatching episodes of shows you’ve seen over and over again. So, if you’re looking for something to do, why not take some time to make sure your household is ready for an emergency like flooding or a fire?
 

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