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COVID-19 Daily News: March 18

Mayo Clinic Q&A Podcast: Long-Term Care Facilities Take Precautions Against COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Long-term care facilities are taking steps to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, long-term care facilities are restricting visitors in most cases.

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COVID-19: What Patients with Cancer Should Know

Cancer patients may be at a higher risk of infection and more severe symptoms, though temporarily, due to weakened immune system from cancer treatment. "However, we have very limited information at the present time," says Dr. Rafael Fonseca, a hematologist and interim executive director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

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COVID-19: Older Adults Have Higher Risk of Serious Illness

"So there are two major factors that cause the aged immune system to be much more vulnerable to new threats, such as COVID-19," says Dr. Jessica Lancaster, a Mayo Clinic immunology researcher. "First, as we age, we start to produce less new immune cells that are able to respond to new sorts of infectious disease."

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Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.