I neglected to note this morning that today is World Health Day – “the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.”

It’s also worth noting that it’s International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

I was too distracted this morning and caught up in my own melancholy about the ongoing “PAUSE” in New York, which requires us to maintain our social distancing and stay-at-home efforts through April 29.

That’s on me.

But the reality is the best thing we can do right to to recognize and support the work that the health care professionals are doing on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 is to follow the public health protocols and keep away from one another in order to try to flatten the curve and keep people out of the hospital.

Other things you can do to show your appreciation:

– Donate PPE or contribute to fundraising efforts that will use the money collected to buy PPE and provide it to the hospitals in need.

– Make masks and donate them.

– Give blood.

– Donate food – but make sure it’s wanted. (Not all first responders and health care folks are accepting these sorts of outside donations due to potential contamination, so call head before you pick up the phone and order those pizzas, doughnuts, tacos etc.)

– Provide a place to stay.

– Give thanks, from a safe distance. Folks around the world are making signs, posting on social media, applauding at assigned times and more, all to show the folks who are putting their own lives on the line to save the lives of others how much they are appreciated. And they are. So, join in, won’t you?