Recently, @MDLinx kicked off our inaugural #MDLinkUp Twitter Chat. For those who aren’t aware, a Twitter Chat is a live, public Twitter conversation centered on one unique topic and a related hashtag. This hashtag allows users to follow the discussion and participate in the conversation.
Our first chat was focused on the Zika Virus, a topic that has been trending recently in the medical community and beyond. Using the #MDLinkUp hashtag we facilitated a conversation with our followers to tackle some basic questions about Zika, taking into account the latest research and prevention methodologies. Take a look at some of our featured participant’s responses below!
T1: First things first. What are the signs and symptoms of #Zika? Don’t forget to use #MDLinkUp in your response!
T2: If a person is experiencing these #Zika symptoms, what questions should they ask their doctor? #MDLinkUp
|T2 Will a #Zika diagnosis affect my ability to have kids. #mdlinkup|
T3: How can patients protect themselves from #Zika and prevent the spread of Zika #MDLinkUp
| @MDLinx T3 wear insect repellent, window screens and eliminate
standing water will help #MDLinkup
|@yayayarndiva great tips! does standard insect repellent do the trick? #MDLinkUp|
| @MDLinx Yes- more from CDC website Zika Prevention
|T3 Via Consumer Reports: Mosquto Repellents that best protect against Zika consumerreports.org/insectrepelle… #MDLinkUp|
|@MDLinx The best way to protect against #Zika is wearing of protective clothing, avoiding standing water, screen windows and doors etc.|
|@Prevention360 excellent advice! What is defined as standing water?|
|@MDLinx Standing water is a pool of water of any size that does not flow. Usually seen out of the house, around the yard, an open container.|
|@MDLinx T3 Stay away from areas known to be impacted by the virus #mdlinkup|
T4: What do pregnant women need to know about #Zika? #MDLinkUp
|@yayayarndiva excellent! For T4- what would you say are the most important things for pregnant women to know about #Zika? #MDLinkUp|
|T4 Via CDC Pregnancy and Zika cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/#MDLinkUp|
T5: Could #Zika affect adult brain cells? #MDLinkUp
|@MDLinx T5 take care when reporting mouse studies still have to prove this in humans #MDLinkUp|
A huge thanks to all of our participants!
The next #MDLinkUp Twitter Chat will focus on Flu Vaccines: Effective & Best Practices, and will take place on Thursday, September 22ndat 3:00pm EST.
Hope to see you there!