Mayo Clinic: Thank you

Posted by Melissa Kimbrel-James @mkjames, Tue, Mar 17 12:34pm

Just want to thank Mayo for all that you do on a regular basis, but especially in times of uncertainty. You have given me a sense of reassurance that everything will be okay. Thank you for Mayo Clinic Connect for bringing us together in a time where many feel alone. I just love having Mayo as part of my family & am thankful for each and every one of you. Nothing is too big or small. You guys are awesome & keep up the great work! ❤️

Hey @mkjames Melissa, Thank you! I appreciate your taking time to send a thank you. Our team of moderators and volunteer mentors on Mayo Clinic Connect have been working diligently to create this safe space to help keep people connected and informed. We always work and communicate virtually, so there wasn't much adjustment there. There are many teams at Mayo Clinic making extra efforts at this time. We all have to work together to get through this. That includes patients too. More patience is required than normal. We can do it!

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@colleenyoung

Hey @mkjames Melissa, Thank you! I appreciate your taking time to send a thank you. Our team of moderators and volunteer mentors on Mayo Clinic Connect have been working diligently to create this safe space to help keep people connected and informed. We always work and communicate virtually, so there wasn't much adjustment there. There are many teams at Mayo Clinic making extra efforts at this time. We all have to work together to get through this. That includes patients too. More patience is required than normal. We can do it!

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You always continue to amaze! & yes, you are right, we can all do this!

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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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@jshdma

@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.

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@jshdma

@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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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!

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@colleenyoung

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?

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Hi @jshdma , there are probably forums on Reddit and Facebook that would be a great place for this discussion if you want to have it. Not to speak for @mkjames but I don't believe that she is trying to silence ideas, simply to keep this forum on topic. We are here to exchange information and ideas to help people cope with a health-related situation. I can respectfully disagree with ideas and I'm happy to have that exchange, but this is not the place for it. Thanks.

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@jshdma

@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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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.

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@jshdma

@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?

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@jshdma, the intent of this group is to provide a space for people maintain social connection, help each other out and reduce anxiety during anxious times. The public should hold their elected governments to account. I suggest doing that in a constructive way on the channels where your voice will be heard, not here on Mayo Clinic Connect. Let's turn our focus to what we can do to stay healthy within the constraints and limitations of the current pandemic.
Should you wish to discuss this further, please contact me here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/contact-a-community-moderator/

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@merpreb

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.

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@merpreb So well said. We all need to work toward keeping this darned virus at a minimum. We need to come together as one.

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