COVID-19 and Buddy Support

WVF former Medical Advisor, Mr. Geir O. Stamnes gives some simple advice regarding Covid-19 and Buddy Support.



Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, and has since spread globally, resulting in the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. (Wikipedia)

As we have registered an increased need for Buddy Support to veterans during the pandemic, we have asked our Medical Advisor, Mr. Geir O. Stamnes for some simple advice regarding Covid-19 and Buddy Support. “First and foremost, act within and promote normality! Try and connect with family, friends, colleagues or other people. Since we have reduced physical contact, make a phone call! Don’t be passive and wait to get a call from others. Be proactive and do it yourself! Bring out the positive in yourself. In this way you can help yourself and others.

Your knowledge as a warrior and surviving with your war experiences can now also help others. But remember, you are now at home and no longer at war. Your tools can still be used civilly. You are a survivor and many trust you. We will all get through this! One beautiful day we will be able to meet each other in the normal way and learn from our experiences. Don’t dwell on the sad thing that are happening today. Don’t panic or lose control. It doesn’t help anyone!

Take your brother in arms out into the countryside or the parks for a great conversation! And enjoy the spring, the sun, the birdsong, the smell of nature and focus on positive experiences. As we empower you and your friends or family, take away the focus and pressure from the media and newspapers that are mainly about the number of infected and dead. Remember the phrase you once learned; ”There’s always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area!””former