COVID-19: Let's Stick Together Virtually

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Let’s be social online. As you’re being asked to distance yourself socially, stay home, cancel trips and social engagements, I’m asking you to stick together. To help us connect, we created a group dedicated to COVID-19. Follow the group and see all the related discussions here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/covid-19/

Let’s stay connected. Share your concerns, but also your ideas. What are you doing to stay connected? How are you managing?

Yesterday I had an appointment in Mpls (90 miles from Eau Claire). As long as I was there I decided to do DINNER and a MOVIE. The Landmark theaters have Independent productions which I enjoy. I tried to work in two films as many only stay a week. The first began at 4 and was out by 6:30. When I got to the second theater it was closed for COVID-19. The Mayor of Mpls ordered them closed. He also ordered restaurants and bars closed at Noon the next day (today = St Patty Day for the Irish pubs). I see the wisdom of his decision.

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@colleenyoung– We now have COVID-19 in our small town.
@bob270– There is some sanity left in this world! It's just too much of a risk being so close to people.

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@bob270

Yesterday I had an appointment in Mpls (90 miles from Eau Claire). As long as I was there I decided to do DINNER and a MOVIE. The Landmark theaters have Independent productions which I enjoy. I tried to work in two films as many only stay a week. The first began at 4 and was out by 6:30. When I got to the second theater it was closed for COVID-19. The Mayor of Mpls ordered them closed. He also ordered restaurants and bars closed at Noon the next day (today = St Patty Day for the Irish pubs). I see the wisdom of his decision.

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@bob270, Things are happening very quickly as we are navigating the uncharted waters of this new health risk. We will have an interesting story to tell our grandkids someday.
If you, or anyone wonders why our gathering places are being ordered closed, there is an article: COVID-19: Flattening the curve
in the post that is referened at the beginning of this discussion – Mayo Clinic News Network COVID-19 Special

PS. I like that you used the word 'wisdom' to describe this event.

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I have a question. I am not feeling well. I am not concerned about Corona being the cause. I am very dizzy even when sitting and having balance problems. I do have neuropathy which certainly influences my issues. I do not feel well and am concerned. I had a doctor's appt yesterday and I cancelled believing the threat of going to a doctor's office was more concerning. I woke up this morning and had difficulty getting from my bed to my dresser to hold on. This is the first time in years that I did not take a shower right after getting up. I had to sit for a bit, took medication and had a half cup of coffee. I then felt a little more stable and took a shower. My throat is sore. Anyhow I called back to the doctor and have an appt today which I will go to. Do we just put aside all other issues during this time and not leave the house. I live alone. My husband died 2 years ago. I am 74 years old. I am afraid that I will die from falling or other illness before the corona virus may hit me. Happy St PADDY'S Day. This will be one to remember.

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@summertime4

I have a question. I am not feeling well. I am not concerned about Corona being the cause. I am very dizzy even when sitting and having balance problems. I do have neuropathy which certainly influences my issues. I do not feel well and am concerned. I had a doctor's appt yesterday and I cancelled believing the threat of going to a doctor's office was more concerning. I woke up this morning and had difficulty getting from my bed to my dresser to hold on. This is the first time in years that I did not take a shower right after getting up. I had to sit for a bit, took medication and had a half cup of coffee. I then felt a little more stable and took a shower. My throat is sore. Anyhow I called back to the doctor and have an appt today which I will go to. Do we just put aside all other issues during this time and not leave the house. I live alone. My husband died 2 years ago. I am 74 years old. I am afraid that I will die from falling or other illness before the corona virus may hit me. Happy St PADDY'S Day. This will be one to remember.

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@summertime4– I hate vertigo is. I had it about 2 months ago. You don't have to avoid the doctor's office at all. You should call him and tell them what your symptoms are and that you live alone. Also with out a test no one can tell if they have COVID-19 or not. Although I haven't heard of anyone feeling dizzy with it, I'm sure that it's possible. So I'd call the dr. right way. We might have a pandemic but there are other illnesses too!

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Hi, Summertime4, I have orthostatic hypotension and know what that dizzy, off balance feeling is like. If I'm not very close to something to hold onto or can sit down quickly, making fists seems to help circulation a bit. So glad you were able to feel more stable and will go for the new appt. today.

I am concerned about keeping a 6mos nephrologist and lab appt in a couple of weeks and will probably cancel that mostly because my annual labs 2 mos ago showed stable kidney values. It will be a situation by situation decision for many of us going forward I suspect as we decide which appts to keep and which to postpone. If a new/different health issue presents itself for me, I'll make an appt. but this particular one, I feel safe in postponing.

So glad Ginger opened this COVID-19 forum for members to share about ways we are coping with these uncertain times.

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I have found selenium offers a level of protection against viruses. Search on "virus selenium" or "coronavirus selenium" We are using 800 mcg of Selenomethionine a day. It's the same form of selenium found in Brazil nuts. I came to learn this while following up on a search on "canine Brazil nuts cancer" for a pet.

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@rosemarya

@bob270, Things are happening very quickly as we are navigating the uncharted waters of this new health risk. We will have an interesting story to tell our grandkids someday.
If you, or anyone wonders why our gathering places are being ordered closed, there is an article: COVID-19: Flattening the curve
in the post that is referened at the beginning of this discussion – Mayo Clinic News Network COVID-19 Special

PS. I like that you used the word 'wisdom' to describe this event.

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I heard Trump at his Task Force news conference. He reminded us we have never attempted such a nation-wide effort before. FEMA and others are well prepared for tornadoes and hurricanes, but this challenge is new. He is proud of their efforts and stated that all they put in place will be readily available if such an event ever occurs again.

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@onamission

I have found selenium offers a level of protection against viruses. Search on "virus selenium" or "coronavirus selenium" We are using 800 mcg of Selenomethionine a day. It's the same form of selenium found in Brazil nuts. I came to learn this while following up on a search on "canine Brazil nuts cancer" for a pet.

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@onamission Staying healthy and doing things to keep your immune system strong is a good idea. This article from Harvard Health offers some evidence-based advice.

– Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system
On selenium it states "There is some evidence that various micronutrient deficiencies — for example, deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E — alter immune responses in animals, as measured in the test tube. However, the impact of these immune system changes on the health of animals is less clear, and the effect of similar deficiencies on the human immune response has yet to be assessed." Research is ongoing and looks promising. However, selenium deficiency has not been tested with COVID-19 yet.

Staying healthy is important. Social distancing and washing your hands are key to helping the community spread.

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@summertime4

I have a question. I am not feeling well. I am not concerned about Corona being the cause. I am very dizzy even when sitting and having balance problems. I do have neuropathy which certainly influences my issues. I do not feel well and am concerned. I had a doctor's appt yesterday and I cancelled believing the threat of going to a doctor's office was more concerning. I woke up this morning and had difficulty getting from my bed to my dresser to hold on. This is the first time in years that I did not take a shower right after getting up. I had to sit for a bit, took medication and had a half cup of coffee. I then felt a little more stable and took a shower. My throat is sore. Anyhow I called back to the doctor and have an appt today which I will go to. Do we just put aside all other issues during this time and not leave the house. I live alone. My husband died 2 years ago. I am 74 years old. I am afraid that I will die from falling or other illness before the corona virus may hit me. Happy St PADDY'S Day. This will be one to remember.

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Hi @summertime4, it sounds like you did the right thing. You canceled your appointment when the threat of going to the doctor's office out weighed the benefits. However over the past 24 hours it seems like your health situation has changed. I assume when you called back at your doctor's office you informed them of your symptoms and they advised you to come in to be seen. You may wish to confirm that they are following safe protocols or to find out if there are new protocols for you to follow when coming in to the office.

Other than your appointment today, you're right. It is time to stay home except for groceries and pharmacy needs. Staying connected with members here on Mayo Clinic Connect can help keep you socially connected and come up with ideas to minimize the boredom and anxiety. I'd like to hear how the appointment goes and what you learn from the doctor.

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I am staying home and I am cutting way back on any spending of money and buying nothing but food. No travel and cleaning hands often

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Why are we in lockdown in our homes is, of course, the Coronavirus. I believe we all who are in the Mayo family have various backgrounds, from the farmers of the Midwest to the health workers at Mayo, we can pool our backgrounds to solve this Coronavirus challenge. At the same time, we are posting on this site, we are making friends and with that – connections.

The Coronavirus challenge. Flatten the curve is the goal, more testing is the way to do this, though the current rate of producing and processing the kits are not going to meet this demand. But how do you meet this goal will require people of all backgrounds working together through the art of Synergy.

I used to tutor business at college, logistics was one subject I taught, other areas of subject matters included how successful companies are organized. Synergy is key, people of all backgrounds are needed to meet goals and solve problems.

I believe the best way to increase production and to process the kits is to ask people of all backgrounds directly what they have learned on their jobs to help with any problem, in this case, it would be finding ways to increase the rate of testing. People who work in production, truck drivers, farming and in the medical field among others would play a part and be asked, “what have you learned on your job to help meet this coronavirus (testing) challenge?”(People in the medical field could advise how much max time must be met between the swab to the actual processing of the swabs for the sample to be effective.

After getting the input and perfecting a plan, closed down, off-season medical devices/food processing plants/transportation systems would be retooled and reopened just for the goal of making those kits. The Department of Agriculture experts should get involved.

To process those kits, I believe health buses with the testing kits on board should be part of the equation. They would drive right up to patient's homes to get the swab; several health buses would be assigned to geographic areas. Medical rail/trucking processing depots nearby would be where the kits would be transferred to, and from there the kits would be transported to regional (several states) kits processing labs. Off-season farming/food processing/transportation systems could be where to focus on to meet this testing processing challenge.

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@colleenyoung

@onamission Staying healthy and doing things to keep your immune system strong is a good idea. This article from Harvard Health offers some evidence-based advice.

– Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system
On selenium it states "There is some evidence that various micronutrient deficiencies — for example, deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E — alter immune responses in animals, as measured in the test tube. However, the impact of these immune system changes on the health of animals is less clear, and the effect of similar deficiencies on the human immune response has yet to be assessed." Research is ongoing and looks promising. However, selenium deficiency has not been tested with COVID-19 yet.

Staying healthy is important. Social distancing and washing your hands are key to helping the community spread.

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My interest in Selenium came from an article showing it to help with Mercury we might ingest from fish.

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@billcomiskey

I am staying home and I am cutting way back on any spending of money and buying nothing but food. No travel and cleaning hands often

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@billcomiskey– Welcome to Mayo Clinic. Haha, that's a fantastic idea, spending less on unimportant things. My husband had to wait in line u until there were less than 25 people in the store this AM. Our Governor has really put some very strict rules in place. Take care and if you think of other things let us know!

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@onamission

I have found selenium offers a level of protection against viruses. Search on "virus selenium" or "coronavirus selenium" We are using 800 mcg of Selenomethionine a day. It's the same form of selenium found in Brazil nuts. I came to learn this while following up on a search on "canine Brazil nuts cancer" for a pet.

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@onamission– Hello. Since very little is known about COVID-19 we don't know if selenium would help, unless your selenium is low. It's always best to check with your doctor. Be safe!

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