Service runs errands, babysits to ease burden on health care workers

A group of medical students is looking to ease the burden on health care and essential workers by running their errands and even babysitting.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2020, 8:38 PM

Updated 1,519 days ago

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A group of medical students is looking to ease the burden on health care and essential workers by running their errands and even babysitting. 
NYC COVIDSitters was co-founded by Gunjan Desai. "Even though we're not fully trained to provide clinical care, we just wanted to do something that would ease the burden on health care workers, actually all essential workers,” says Desai. 
Desai started NYC COVIDSitters after hearing from her sister, who is a nurse, about the difficulties she and her colleagues were going through. 
"Since a lot of people know that they were working with COVID-positive patients, nannies and other people weren't willing to work with their children because they were scared they would contract the virus,” says Desai. 
She says she found COVIDSitters in Minnesota and decided to start a New York chapter with mostly medical students. 
Volunteers help with errands, deliveries, and child care. "They don't have to worry about, 'Oh can I get the groceries tomorrow,' ... if they're thinking about all that you know it's taking the focus from them doing their job,” says co-founder Dipta Roy. 
Roy says that after they get enough volunteers to be fully functional, their next step is to virtually tutor kids.
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