COVID-19: It’s time to come together — virtually

Mar 16, 2020 | Lisa Lucier | @lisalucier | Comments (26)

COVID-19 woman connecting virtually with others

In these rapidly changing times, you may feel uncertain and anxious with the COVID-19 virus looming. At the same time, our society is more fragmented than ever before. You may be cut off from some of your normal support systems, with businesses closing or directing employees to remote work, mass gatherings no longer occurring and activities cancelled. Recognizing that these conditions can easily produce social isolation and perhaps a degree of loneliness and fear the Mayo Clinic Connect community is here to offer you virtual support and interaction, through online community discussion. 

It’s time to come together, virtually, to talk about anything that’s affecting you related to COVID-19, with a brand new Connect group, simply called COVID-19. This is a space to talk about topics such as: 

  • Closings in your community and how it affects you
  • What you are doing to cope
  • Whether keeping up your book club or running group makes sense
  • How you can pass the time
  • Housekeeping and disinfecting your home
  • How to deal with your own or your children’s fears 
  • Being helpful to others in a challenging time 

It’s also a space to congregate and be socially active. You can:

  • Join the virtual walking group
  • Tour virtual museums together
  • Share art, music and books
  • Find daily escapes and inspirations

Additionally, Mayo Clinic Connect would like to point you to reliable sources of COVID-19: 

You can stay informed and also socially connected by chatting with others on Mayo Clinic Connect about COVID-19 and any other health issue concerning you right now. You can continue to connect with your Connect friends in the groups you already follow. And you can also get inspiration and information, and talk with others in the new COVID-19 Support Group

How might connecting virtually help you stay socially active? What topic would you like to start?

@sto

What do you do to pass the time. I am bored stiff and don’t know what to do with myself?

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@sto There are a lot of things people have posted on here . Travelogue on the computer just pick a country . DVD,s that you like , art work free handed or get an adult coloring book there are a lot of challeging pictures in there I don't know your sex so if crocheting is or working with fabric you like, Any kind of craft you may have or like to do or maybe something in the past you forgot about . Join our virtual walking exercise .

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@cobweb

I bike even though its only 40 degrees. Plus read the WSJ and tape some programs of interest. To old to reproduce.

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Good idea, I may have to get the old bike out. Thanks.

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@lioness

@sto There are a lot of things people have posted on here . Travelogue on the computer just pick a country . DVD,s that you like , art work free handed or get an adult coloring book there are a lot of challeging pictures in there I don't know your sex so if crocheting is or working with fabric you like, Any kind of craft you may have or like to do or maybe something in the past you forgot about . Join our virtual walking exercise .

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Thanks. I am a male. How do you join the virtual walking exercise? New to all this technology.

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@sto

Thanks. I am a male. How do you join the virtual walking exercise? New to all this technology.

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@sto . Send an email to @becsbuddy that you want to join She,ll help you Glad to have you aboard

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@sto I think @lioness means a private message, but it's easier to just post a message here too. Just go to that group and put in a response.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lets-go-walking-join-me-for-a-virtual-walking-support-group/
Anytime you want to find something, like "walking" you can go to the little magnifying glass near the top of the page, and put in the word that will identify what you are looking for. That will show you the discussions where that word is used. I put in "walking" to get to the right discussion.
JK

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@contentandwell

@sto I think @lioness means a private message, but it's easier to just post a message here too. Just go to that group and put in a response.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lets-go-walking-join-me-for-a-virtual-walking-support-group/
Anytime you want to find something, like "walking" you can go to the little magnifying glass near the top of the page, and put in the word that will identify what you are looking for. That will show you the discussions where that word is used. I put in "walking" to get to the right discussion.
JK

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Thanks, will try it.

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@contentandwell

@sto I think @lioness means a private message, but it's easier to just post a message here too. Just go to that group and put in a response.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lets-go-walking-join-me-for-a-virtual-walking-support-group/
Anytime you want to find something, like "walking" you can go to the little magnifying glass near the top of the page, and put in the word that will identify what you are looking for. That will show you the discussions where that word is used. I put in "walking" to get to the right discussion.
JK

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What do you do after you put in the proper. Word?

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@sto

What do you do after you put in the proper. Word?

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Hi, @sto.
If you want to join the Walking group that @contentandwell shared, Here is what to do –
-Click on the blue live link https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lets-go-walking-join-me-for-a-virtual-walking-support-group/
and you will taken to the walking group discussion.
– You can scroll down until you see a REPLY box, Enter your message,
– Click on POST REPLY,

Sto, Here are some step-by-step directions to help you get started. (You are always welcome to ask for help, too)
– Click this blue live link – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/tab/aboutconnect/
– You will see – How to Get Started and a blue step-by-step guide
– Click on the blue step-by-step guide. and you will see a list help guides to choose from.

I hope this helps you to feel a bit more comfortable on Connect. If you need more help. I'm here.

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@sto

What do you do after you put in the proper. Word?

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@sto Put the word in on the subject like walking or neuropathy this will take you to. pages on that subject

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@sto

What do you do after you put in the proper. Word?

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@sto. After you put a word into the search field, just hit “”enter” or “go” whichever is on your keyboard.
JK

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@sto

What do you do to pass the time. I am bored stiff and don’t know what to do with myself?

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My sister used to like to hand piece quilts but got busy with life and hadn't done that for years. She has downsized this past year and has little to do so she ordered a quilt kit to pick up an old favorite hobby. It reminded me I have two unfinished projects on a shelf and they would make great gift items. We all can reach back in our minds and find those things that used to make us happy "when we had time" to do them. It also might be a good time to start a new project with items ordered online.

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@1nan That made me think of what I wanted to do when I retired . I did ceramic and loved it also pottery but guess I cant to that till we are out of the house again. OUr senior center has a pottery area think I,ll check it out . Thanks for reminder

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