Mayo Clinic doctors, nurses reflect on COVID-19 pandemic in virtual briefing |

Mayo Clinic doctors, nurses reflect on COVID-19 pandemic in virtual briefing

Updated: February 05, 2021 12:59 AM
Created: February 04, 2021 09:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic doctors and nurses from across the country met virtually Thursday afternoon for the COVID-19 pandemic one year later briefing.

During the hour-long Zoom meeting, Dr. Andrew Badley (Head of COVID-19 Research Task Force - Rochester, MN), Dr. Alyssa Chapital (hospital medical director - Arizona), Dr. Dacre Knight (internist - Florida), and Pam White (chief nursing officer - Eau Claire, WI) covered topics and answered questions about the virus and what they learned throughout the past year. Some of the biggest lessons learned were in preparation for the virus, how to pivot hospital operations, staffing at the different Mayo Clinic campuses and how information on the virus is being shared with the public.

"I hope that one of the lessons learned from this is that we society will continue to support public health intervention in a much more meaningful way," Dr. Badley said.

While sharing what he learned from the start of the pandemic, one point that Dr. Knight emphasized was this pandemic is not only about the virus.

"It affects our businesses, economy, our schools, our homes, our communities. Patients with any other comorbidities," Dr. Knight said. "The cardiac outcomes, the stroke risk, and things like that. The screening tests that are not getting completed and also the mental health consequences are so profound."

Each doctor and nurse shared what their specific site went through, and continues to go through. Even though each endured different challenges, they all agreed that teamwork and the ability to adapt were the greatest takeaways from the last year.

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