The coronavirus has occupied much of the news for the past few months. There are many reasons for this, mostly because of the sheer amount of people it has impacted in some way. Many young people have never seen the world unite in such a common struggle in their lifetimes.
All this means that the crisis goes far beyond the individual. And while government mandates like stay-at-home orders are important to “flatten the curve”, many relief and recovery efforts will come from community organizations.
The CDC provides an interim guide for health officials and community members in regards to building community relief efforts. They emphasize not only the importance of community-based relief and recovery, but also regarding preventative measures and raising proper awareness.
The organization Trauma Transformed explained that the coronavirus pandemic has caused mass trauma that must be dealt with on a community basis, explaining “As with public health responses to pandemics, different psychological and organizational supports are required for the different phases of a pandemic.”
Both preventative and responsive measures must be executed on a community basis. Measures to prevent the spread of disease such as self-isolation and social distancing require mass amounts of cooperation to be effective, and community-based responses for those most vulnerable can be the most direct ways to provide relief.