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Melissa Kimbrel-James (@mkjames)

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COVID-19 | Last Active: Mar 17, 2020 | Replies (10)

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@mkjanes. I am taking this opportunity to make a general comment on this C-virus situation. This appears to me as a media-driven crisis in collusion with government entities. These are the same people (politicians) who gave us the Viet Nam War, which ended badly, and the Iraq war, which has never ended in its ramifications.. We have had epidemics (even pandemics) before, which have never before had this level of hype. Why not advise or require those at risk (age, health conditions) instead of punishing the entire population and destroying the economy?

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Hi @jshdma, there is no doubt that these are unprecedented times with sweeping implications, especially to the economy. I worry about that also. While the frenzy may appear to be media hype, we can turn to trusted news sources that are updated regularly to keep us informed like:
– Mayo Clinic News Network https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/category/covid-19/
– Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
– The World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Unfortunately isolating only high-risk populations is not enough as low-risk people can cause spread. Here is some information that helps explain the necessary measures:
– COVID-19: Flattening the curve https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-flattening-the-curve/
– How does the virus spread? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#spreads
"The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected."

Community spread is real and we all have to do our part.

Mayo Clinic Connect is a safe, welcoming space to help get through this together and luckily free of the political and conspiracy theory vitriol that often plagues social networks. I'm glad we're keeping it that way.

Although, I can appreciate your concern I came to my Mayo Clinic Connect account for good vibes, positivity, and education from sources I trust. I am concerned, especially of the unknown, like I said I appreciate your concern, but please reserve this space for learning & healing, together. I truly believe harsh action is intended to help. We have been advised as to what we should/shouldn’t do to help ease the situation. I do not believe action is intended to punish people or hurt our economy. We have to look at things in which we have control over, and those we don’t. We all need to help each other in a time like this & allow our faith to be stronger than our fears. Both are powerful, & drive us to decision making, but faith & compassion will see us through. Thank you in advance, for understanding this is intended only to help, not hurt or cause hard feelings. Sending good vibes your way!

COVID-19 is an extremely vicious virus and a lot is not known about it. What we do know is that it is extremely contagious. Isolating one group hasn't worked because children can get it and pass it on. We like to think that advising all people to listen and adhere to the CDC is helping the entire community and not a punishment. I think that you would wish that for yourself if you were in a high-risk group. If everyone works together then there will be much less of this virus spreading and we can all get back to the lives that we want to live.