In addition, medical professionals on the frontline in the face of critical shortages of adequate protective equipment in many countries around the world and they need our help more than ever to make sure they can continue to do their jobs to protect us. Otherwise, they are at the significant risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to the people they interact with. Their lives (and our lives) depend on it. They are taking care of us and we also need to help take care of them. We have seen too many stories globally of key workers being sent to the frontline without the right protection and resources as there is not enough to go around with surging global demand and traditional supply chains unable to keep up, despite the efforts of many institutions and organisations around the world. This situation calls for a more innovative and nimble response to support traditional avenues. We and the organisations we partner with have stepped up and are here to shake up the supply chain, improve logistics and ultimately save lives across the world. It has been heartening to see many private sector businesses adapting their companies to help address the PPE crisis as well as other volunteer organisations and even individuals. More of us than we may realise could be sitting on supplies of equipment that is crucial for our front-line workers right now and every bit of support can be transformative even if not in bulk. Through a combination of our own and our partner organisations’ worldwide networks of facilitators and suppliers, we have clear access to hundreds of millions of supplies ranging from N95 masks, gloves and protective suits to point of care diagnostics tests and ventilators from across Asia, the Americas and Europe. Together with our partner organisations, we are working together to connect need to supply, to ensure that masks and other PPE alongside life-saving medical devices such as ventilators get to where they are needed most. It is in all of our collective interests to do what we can to help.
An important and simple way in which we can support those making sacrifices for the greater good is to show our enormous appreciation by joining our global movement and submitting our thank you message and/or photo/video and posting it with the hashtag #SPIRITEDTHANKS and uploading it INSERT LINK so we can ensure it is sent to different hospitals, staff, organisations etc. and shared on the wall of appreciation as a lasting tribute. Your messages, which act as emotions as a gift, will help keep up their spirits, show them how many people are thinking of and cheering for them and spur them on to keep going. With your gestures, you can brighten up people’s days and contribute positively to their wellbeing and mental health. These heroes have dedicated themselves to helping keep us all safe by providing vital services and working on the frontline, from doctors, nurses, GPs and Pharmacists in the healthcare system to carers, emergency services workers, supermarket staff, cleaners, volunteers and many more. Nothing will ever be enough to repay them the debt we owe but we hope this token of gratitude will show them how grateful we all are and that we are thinking of them on top of more transient gestures like daily clapping. Today, more than ever, we should cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, heedless of their own health as they work tirelessly to care for people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.