COVID-19 Concerns: How do you help others understand?

Posted by wkcook @wkcook, Apr 18, 2020

It has gotten so even using Social Media (Facebook, etc) is getting hard. So many people saying this is blown out of proportion and we should just get out and on with our lives. Most look at how many people die from the Flu each year and claim that COVID-19 is no different…Maybe not even as bad.

I don’t believe that, but what can I tell these people to make them understand. They don’t just put their own health in jeopardy when they ignore the guidelines, but also everyone they come into contact with. Many of these people are family. How do you make them understand?

@lioness

@wkcook Welcome to connect . I hear you . I get upset as well . But the old say is you can lead a horse to water but you cant make them drink. applies here . Even in my own building where I live we have people that ignore what our property manager ask of people signs up everywhere but some just wont do it . Im sorry your loved ones dont believe what the CDC says but all you and any of us can do is take care of ourselves and pray for the other people that they dont catch it . It has even broken up friendships here . Sad

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@funcountess Hi haven't heard from you in awhile checking in to see if your alright no

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@colleenyoung

Hi @ew100, you'll notice that I moved your message to this related discussion called "COVID-19 Concerns: How do you help others understand?" where other members are concerned about people not following safe COVID practices. I encourage you to click VIEW & REPLY and read through the past posts.

You're right that countries around the world have imposed variations to lock-down, quarantine protocols and stay home orders with varying degrees of success. You are certainly not alone in being frustrated by some people openly disagreeing and disregarding restrictions mandated by governments and health authorities. However, I would be cautious about painting any specific group based on age, race, location or any other divisive criteria as the single culprits of not staying home. Many young people are adhering to the rules. It is now well-known that the coronavirus affects people of all ages and even those who are healthy and fit.

In accordance with Mayo Clinic's Community Guidelines (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/tab/community-guidelines/), let us remain supportive, inclusive and respectful of all people. Let's use evidence-based information to help educate those who do not understand the importance of staying home.

You might also be interested in this discussion:
I'm high-risk. How to stay safe when things start opening again? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covig-19/

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Thank you Colleen for your reminder!

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If you want to help others understand why you are keeping the social distancing rules, send them this Youtube musical video

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