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Apr 21, 2020

How public health measures can help reopen the country

By Jennifer O'Hara, @jenohara


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, efforts are underway to find a new normal and begin to reopen the country and the economy. While people are eager for strict social distancing rules to end, public health measures, including testing and tracing for the virus, will be important tools needed to control the spread of the virus and prevent an uptick in new infections.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, discusses the steps needed to reopen businesses, schools and other activities as the fight to control COVID-19 continues

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used.

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I'm sending this link for Dr. Poland's podcast on Public Help Measures to Take To Help Reopen the Country to all of my elected city, state and federal representatives. Our state is going too fast imo, and I fear the dire repercussions of going too fast. Thank you for this podcast.

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