How are you supporting someone who has COVID-19?

Posted by Don Higgins @dsh33782, Mar 18, 2020

Do you know someone personally who has the COVID-19 virus or suspects they may have the virus and are in self-quarantine? How are you supporting them?

@johnbishop

That's great news Sue @sueinmn. I'm praying for all our nurses, doctors, healthcare, and personnel who serve the communities. Also hoping 3M and other companies can gear up quickly to make more masks and ventilators. Thank you for sharing your repeated pleas to friends, family and acquaintances. My group is smaller but I try to do the same. I do worry about my wife working at different local post offices at age 75. She is in excellent health but sometimes thinks she's invincible. Our daughter works at Mayo in Rochester and I do worry a little about her since she has a pacemaker implant. We haven't had any COVID-19 cases here in Dodge County yet but I'm sure we will sooner or later.

P.S. – We had a trace of snow here last night but it's 22 degrees and the sun is out now. I was surprised to see the sanding truck drive by the house this morning. Must be a little slippery.

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Yes, we can all pray for our healthcare professionals and those many other personnel who serve our communities to keep basic services like utilities, garbage pickups and others well and able to do their jobs.

Just curious, yesterday my e-mail was absolutely flooded with posts from our covid-19 group. Today, not one message in my e-mail box. Has something changed with posts and response deliveries or is it maybe my Yahoo e-mail that has made this difference?

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@fiesty76

Yes, we can all pray for our healthcare professionals and those many other personnel who serve our communities to keep basic services like utilities, garbage pickups and others well and able to do their jobs.

Just curious, yesterday my e-mail was absolutely flooded with posts from our covid-19 group. Today, not one message in my e-mail box. Has something changed with posts and response deliveries or is it maybe my Yahoo e-mail that has made this difference?

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@fiesty76, my mailbox had significantly more emails from the COVID-19 group discussion yesterday also. I would scratch it off to a lot of different factors but not necessarily a change with posts and deliveries…just my opinion though.

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@johnbishop

That's great news Sue @sueinmn. I'm praying for all our nurses, doctors, healthcare, and personnel who serve the communities. Also hoping 3M and other companies can gear up quickly to make more masks and ventilators. Thank you for sharing your repeated pleas to friends, family and acquaintances. My group is smaller but I try to do the same. I do worry about my wife working at different local post offices at age 75. She is in excellent health but sometimes thinks she's invincible. Our daughter works at Mayo in Rochester and I do worry a little about her since she has a pacemaker implant. We haven't had any COVID-19 cases here in Dodge County yet but I'm sure we will sooner or later.

P.S. – We had a trace of snow here last night but it's 22 degrees and the sun is out now. I was surprised to see the sanding truck drive by the house this morning. Must be a little slippery.

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@johnbishop Thanks, John. I would like everyone to know my sister works at 3M in Maplewood, and she says they have indeed ramped up to maximum production and shipping of protective equipment in all of their plants – even as they have sent everyone else to work from home.
I would say we need to be equally grateful to our postal workers, factory workers, truckers and supermarket/big box store workers who have stayed on the job despite all the fears about close contact. Please wish your wife well for me and tell her to stay safe.
Sue

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@sueinmn

@johnbishop Thanks, John. I would like everyone to know my sister works at 3M in Maplewood, and she says they have indeed ramped up to maximum production and shipping of protective equipment in all of their plants – even as they have sent everyone else to work from home.
I would say we need to be equally grateful to our postal workers, factory workers, truckers and supermarket/big box store workers who have stayed on the job despite all the fears about close contact. Please wish your wife well for me and tell her to stay safe.
Sue

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Thanks Sue @sueinmn — We had to drive into Rochester to deposit her check. All the banks are doing drive up window only and will escort a single person at a time to their safety deposit box.

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@fiesty76

Yes, we can all pray for our healthcare professionals and those many other personnel who serve our communities to keep basic services like utilities, garbage pickups and others well and able to do their jobs.

Just curious, yesterday my e-mail was absolutely flooded with posts from our covid-19 group. Today, not one message in my e-mail box. Has something changed with posts and response deliveries or is it maybe my Yahoo e-mail that has made this difference?

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@fiesty76, your email had bounced from Connect's subscription list. Yahoo probably didn't like the volume of emails you were getting from us and suspected we were spam. To prevent this from happening again you can either:

1. [Tip] Filter your Connect emails into a folder https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/tip-filter-your-connect-emails-into-a-folder-1/
2. How to add Connect to your Safe Senders List https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/what-to-do-if-you-arent-getting-connect-email-notifications-anymore/

I think the first option works best with yahoo.

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@johnbishop

Thanks Sue @sueinmn — We had to drive into Rochester to deposit her check. All the banks are doing drive up window only and will escort a single person at a time to their safety deposit box.

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Can you mail it in?

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@mayofeb2020

Can you mail it in?

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Probably could mail it in if we didn't need it in the checkbook to mail other payments in 🙂

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@sueinmn

Absolutely and we're worried. Our daughter, an ER nurse was tested this am and sent home to self-quarantine. She is negative for Flu A & B, strep & RSV. Awaiting Covid-19 results.
She is only 40 but high risk. Her sister is looking after her needs from outside her condo as she is at home with 2 toddlers. We're 1500 miles away and couldn't do anything directly if home as we are both very high risk. So wait and pray.
It takes 5 days for Covid-19 results right now despite any political assurances otherwise. Also, at least in Minnesota and Texas, testing is restricted to health care workers, hospitalized and ltc patients due to a shortage of test components. That means even if she is positive her close contacts, if ill, will not be tested. So, we have no idea how many in the US are infected. Please be careful!
Sue

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@sueinmn Im sorry to hear about your daughter I use to be a E.R. nurse so that part is thought enough blessing to her and you . Being so far away must be hard on you. I pray for her she will be alright .

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@sueinmn

Thank you all – we are very hopeful.
As of 3:30am (we are a 24/7 family) she was doing well enough to have done homework (she's also a FT on-line student) and bathed and was headed to bed. Her symptoms seem about the same as 48 hours ago, which according to her is a very good sign.
I just keep praying and encouraging people take this seriously but not panic. One of my repeated pleas to friends, family & acquaintances is: "Please get your information from the CDC and State Department of Health, not Facebook and Twitter." Another is "Regardless of your politics, we're all in this together and fighting and sarcastic posts do not help."
Sue

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Good to hear that your daughter's condition seems stable, @sueinmn. Tell you sister at 3M that we appreciate the work the company is doing to produce that product!

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I don’t think prayers hurt. I do think there is more we can do. Stay Home, Wash your hands. Don’t get Covid-19. Flatten the curve.

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Hello All – Our daughter reported slight improvement since yesterday – less shortness of breath and slightly less cough. We are hopeful she will weather this! Prayer helps, but we are all doing everything we can.
The virus has arrived in our county, so far only reported by folks who recently traveled from one of the heavily affected areas. Only one or two people here go out to get groceries for the lot of us. It is an exercise in frustration as the shelves are nearly bare. The little Dollar General down the road has been our salvation for basics as they get trucks twice a day and serve several senior communities along our road as well as local folks nearby. When someone finds they have basics, they tell the rest of us right away, like last week when those with CPAP devices were each able to get a gallon of distilled water. Or yesterday when the bread truck arrived. Today we are waiting to see the dairy truck…
Such a new adventure for Americans. Makes me appreciate what my childhood neighbors reported after they fled the Soviet Union with its endless shortages & lines, or what those in New Orleans and Puerto Rico experienced after hurricanes. We can count our blessings because we still have shelter and working utilities.
Stay safe and calm everyone!
Sue

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@sueinmn

Hello All – Our daughter reported slight improvement since yesterday – less shortness of breath and slightly less cough. We are hopeful she will weather this! Prayer helps, but we are all doing everything we can.
The virus has arrived in our county, so far only reported by folks who recently traveled from one of the heavily affected areas. Only one or two people here go out to get groceries for the lot of us. It is an exercise in frustration as the shelves are nearly bare. The little Dollar General down the road has been our salvation for basics as they get trucks twice a day and serve several senior communities along our road as well as local folks nearby. When someone finds they have basics, they tell the rest of us right away, like last week when those with CPAP devices were each able to get a gallon of distilled water. Or yesterday when the bread truck arrived. Today we are waiting to see the dairy truck…
Such a new adventure for Americans. Makes me appreciate what my childhood neighbors reported after they fled the Soviet Union with its endless shortages & lines, or what those in New Orleans and Puerto Rico experienced after hurricanes. We can count our blessings because we still have shelter and working utilities.
Stay safe and calm everyone!
Sue

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@sueinmn– What good news about your daughter. Do yoou live in a complex?

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