Originally appeared on Mayo Clinic News Center on March 23, 2020.
Mayo Clinic joins with local communities, states, the nation and the world to lead the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. To honor those who are working tirelessly, the Plummer Building in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona, and the sign to the main entrance at Mayo Clinic in Florida will be lighted in blue on Monday, March 23, as a sign of support and solidarity.
“This visible show of support reminds us that we are all in this together,” says Halena Gazelka, M.D., medical director for Public Affairs, Mayo Clinic. “At times like this we come together as a Mayo Clinic family and nation to support our staff, patients, communities, local businesses and all those who are battling COVID-19.”
Mayo Clinic stands on a strong foundation of teamwork and an unwavering commitment to healing. The lighting will continue for the foreseeable future as an ongoing show of support and sign that Mayo’s highest priority is to keep its staff, patients and community strong and safe.
Slowing the spread of COVID-19
The lighting is also a reminder for everyone to do what they can to slow the spread of COVID-19 Consider these 10 tips from Mayo Clinic’s Infection and Prevention Control team:
- Pause for a moment and collect your thoughts. Pandemics can be overwhelming, and remaining as calm as possible can help.
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Both are effective. This is particularly important when coming home from outside, before meals and after using the restroom.
- At the beginning of the day and when you get home, disinfect items that are frequently touched by yourself or others. Such items could include cellphones and cellphone cases, door handles and keyboards. Regular household disinfectants are effective. Disinfecting surfaces and items, and cleaning your hands will reduce transmission.
- It is reasonable to change out of your work clothes before or when you get home. Launder frequently with normal detergent. No extra laundering or special handling is needed.
- If you are sick, stay home and try to limit your contact with others, especially vulnerable adults.
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, cough into your sleeve, and wash your hands if you accidentally soiled them with respiratory secretions.
- Avoid all contact with elderly or immunocompromised family members. Social distancing is essential to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This is particularly important for those who are most vulnerable.
- Reserve masks for when you are symptomatic and need to be around others at home.
- Get adequate sleep, and eat sensibly. A healthy immune system is important.
- Social distancing is important, but keep in contact with friends and family. Relationships are important for mental health. Call, text or use other methods to virtually connect and check on your loved ones.
For more information on COVID-19 updates: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/category/covid-19/