Daily dose of sweetness: Mayo Clinic docs go viral with 'Imagine'

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Updated: 10:46 a.m. | Posted: 8:45 a.m.

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Two Mayo Clinic doctors are going viral (sorry, we had to) with their rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."

Drs. Elvis L. Francois and William Robinson shared the video on social media Monday.

"In life, there are so many things that divide us. Religion, race, politics, social status and many more....But today a global pandemic brings us all together as one," Francois wrote in his post.

"Over the next few months our health care system will be tested,” he said. “Many lives will be lost. Health care providers will be under an incredible amount of stress to save thousands of people. But when times are as dark as they are today, nothing shines brighter than the human spirit.

“There is something beautiful about a collective struggle. And the beauty in what we are facing today is that the only way to overcome this pandemic is for us to all come together as one."

The videos have racked up thousands of views and shares since then, even attracting a repost from journalist Katie Couric.

The doctors' take on "Imagine" hasn't been the only version lighting up the internet.

"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot enlisted some of her famous friends for a star-studded singalong. But the reactions to that video haven’t been quite as nice. Many have lampooned it as awkward and empty.


A reminder that social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. This St. Paul neighborhood is making sure of that, rain or shine.

The block started doing Japanese radio calisthenics together Friday, reports Mary Divine of the Pioneer Press. Each person stands in circles on the street drawn in chalk 10 feet apart.

“We can’t hug each other, but we can see each other and do things together in a safe way and have fun,” said Christine Weeks “It’s really cool to have something forward to. We work long hours, so it’s nice to be done with your work and then able to do this sort of cleansing thing and then go in and hunker down with your family for the night.”

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