COVID-19 is a global issue. The disease is in every country and nearly every city. That's why health experts do not recommend any nonessential travel at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19 if there are other travelers with COVID-19 infection.
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, covers the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland discusses why the U.S. has reached its deadliest week during the pandemic, and how clinical trials and vaccine research are underway to prevent future outbreaks.
"Pregnant women should now be considered within the high-risk category, and should follow the recommendations that are being made for older adults, people with other comorbidities and health issues," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert. She says recommendations for the general public also should be followed by pregnant women, including social or physical distancing, excellent hand-washing, and avoiding contact with anyone who might be sick.
As COVID-19 testing becomes more widely available, it's vital that health care providers and public health officials understand the limitations of COVID-19 testing and the impact that false results can have on public safety and efforts to curb the pandemic.
Much remains unknown about COVID-19, but many studies already have indicated that people with cardiovascular disease are at greater risk of being susceptible to COVID-19. There also have been reports of ST-segment elevation (STE), a signal of obstructive coronary artery disease, in patients with COVID-19 who after invasive coronary angiography show no sign of the disease.
It's been 100 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified about a cluster of unidentified and unusual pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. In the short time since then, the world has changed dramatically. On Feb. 11, WHO announced "COVID-19" as the name of the disease which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A month later, WHO declared the outbreak to be a global pandemic.