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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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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.

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@colleenyoung Thanks for all this info. This morning Bloomberg news (very straightforward and reliable) stated that the government has intentionally decided to set back the economy in this situation. Yes, young people can spread it, but for all but the at-risk population, the recovery rate is close to 100%, There is more than meets the eye. Does @mkjames think that suppression of ideas you might disagree with is the way to go?