Stories from the frontline: MSD Denmark employees volunteer in the fight against COVID-19 (Guest blog)
In times of crisis, we adapt to new and different circumstances. Some keep their heads down and try to get on with life as best they can, while others insist on helping wherever they are needed. Not because they are heroes, but because helping is what drives them, as suggested by the experiences of Anette Fog, 53, and Monica Bendz, 31.
Monica is a trained pharmacist turned marketeer and has been with MSD for three years. Anette is a trained pharmacy assistant who has been working with HIV and Hepatitis C at MSD, also for three years. Both are volunteering their time and skills in the face of the pandemic.
Anette is a trained pharmacy assistant who has been working with HIV and Hepatitis C at MSD, also for three years. Both are volunteering their time and skills in the face of the pandemic. When Anette got the chance to volunteer, she did not think twice: “It makes me happy to contribute. And frankly, I didn’t care if they needed manual labour or brain power as long as I am making a difference,” she said.
Anette received a call from a nurse working at a temporary care facility for homeless people in Western Sealand. Covid-19 presents a considerable challenge to homeless people as they are more susceptible to complications following disease, placing them in the high-risk group.
Alongside other volunteers and employees Anette was tasked with the furnishing and establishment of a new reception center.