The aim of community organising is to support people who are in self isolation and prevent as many new infections as possible and, where this isn’t possible, reduce the number of cases that need treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU). The primary way to do this is to reduce exposure to the virus among people at high risk of developing severe or critical illness as a result of Covid-19.
Volunteers should therefore observe the following guidelines:
– Do not enter anyone’s home; leave deliveries of food or medicine outside the front door.
– If possible, try and provide support to one household only. This is to limit the spread of the virus and make sure that if a volunteer contracts it, they do not spread the virus further.
– If you show symptoms of infection, you should cease doing support work immediately. Anyone can be infected with the virus and could spread it asymptomatically. They could also already be infected with other illnesses, or have underlying chronic health conditions, that could worsen outcomes or cause further problems to the people they are visiting.
– Wash your hands frequently, and always do so after touching your face, or using public transport.
– Disinfect your hands before and after handling items to be given to people who are immuno-compromised and while in proximity to anyone who may be infected.
– Aprons should be worn around anyone who may be infected and removed before leaving.
– All items given to someone at risk must be disinfected on all surfaces that will be handled by them.
– Public transport should be avoided where possible. Where this is unavoidable, it should be used as infrequently as possible.
– Disinfect items after they have been taken on public transport.
If a volunteer has any concerns about or issues with a person they are providing assistance to, they should contact the administrators on firstname.lastname@example.org, rather than adding comments to the group spreadsheet.