COVID-19 and Men’s Wellness

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(Updated March 16, 2020)

Dear good men,

Since CoVid 19 has finally been confirmed as being in NM, the Department of Health has advised against holding “big gatherings.”  Although the upcoming Bring a Buddy events in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe are not especially large, they do attract some elderly folks who may be at increased risk.

The NMMW Board has decided to cancel the Spring gathering at Hummingbird. Anyone who has registered will receive a full refund. If you want us to keep your scholarship donation, please let Robert Bern and Jim Connoly know, and your refund will be adjusted accordingly.

The ABQ Bring a Buddy committee has unanimously decided that we should cancel future Tuesday evening Bring A Buddy events, starting with the April 7th event. Everyone’s physical safety is of upmost importance and we feel that hosting meetings would not be wise at this time. They will be in touch via email when it is safe to resume our events. Please be careful and we look forward to seeing you and your buddies in the near future.

The Santa Fe April 21 Bring a Buddy event is also cancelled.

The late May couples gathering is still a go, as is the summer gathering, and we will monitor events to decide if that needs to change.

Victor puts out short weekly free podcasts, and the last few have been on coronavirus—with his public health medical hat on in terms of what to expect and how to protect oneself and one’s family. If you wish to sign up, you can do so at myheartsongs.org  Proper hand washing is king! Social distance, or better compassionate spaciousness (6 feet) when prudent, particularly if you are over 55 with a chronic heart or lung disease. This is a lung disease: if you have a runny nose or nasal congestion with other symptoms, you most likely do NOT have coronavirus infection.

The Health Department has a toll free number if you have questions or concerns about getting tested. 855-600-3453.

They also developed this questionnaire – designed to assist facilities with a large number of elderly – that may also be useful to help you “self assess” your current risk:

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FACILITY VISITOR SCREENING QUESTIONAIRE

In response to concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), and in accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this facility is screening all visitors for certain risk factors before entrance is allowed. Facilities may restrict or limit visitation rights for reasonable clinical and safety reasons, specifically to prevent community associated infection or communicable disease transmission to the residents. See 42 CFR §483.10(f)(4).

Please answer the following questions and certify your answers by signing below:

QUESTIONS – Answer each question YES or NO

  1. Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days to any currently designated by the CDC as a high-risk location for COVID-19*?
  2. Have you had signs of a respiratory infection in the last 14 days, such as a fever, cough and/or sore throat?
  3. Have you had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with, or screened for COVID-19?
  4. Have you traveled to another state with widespread community
    transmission of COVID-19 i
love and hugs and we will all get through this!
your NMMW Board:
Mark Ayers
Barry Cooney
Jon Driscoll
Roger Harmon
Marc Kolman
Victor La Cerva
Mark Pugsley
Dave Robertson

 

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