6 ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak — ‘Everyone is a responder in this crisis’

The novel coronavirus is an unfamiliar foe that’s fast reshaping daily routines as schools close, employees work from home (if they have that luxury), and shared pleasures such as sports games and movie theaters go dark.

The upheaval has many people rushing to meet their own needs by stocking up on supplies for potential quarantines. But certain groups will feel this public health crisis more than others, including older people, workers who can’t call in sick, and people who either can’t pay for quality health care or simply don’t have access to it.

“The most vulnerable among us will be hit the hardest and take the longest to recover,” said Regine A. Webster, vice president of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “Remember there will be physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic long after the initial outbreak.”