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COVID-19 Daily News: April 29

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Respiratory therapists play critical role in treating COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 was first identified late last year with a cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a new coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease process heavily affects the respiratory system, and patients often need oxygen support. The respiratory therapist plays a critical role in managing oxygen levels, placing breathing tubes, and managing the mechanical ventilator, when necessary.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Daniel Diedrich, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and critical care physician, discusses the role of the respiratory therapist from the time a patient presents with COVID-19 all the way through that patient's discharge.

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Are pets at risk of getting, spreading COVID-19?

Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic COVID-19 expert, says dogs and cats have their own set of coronaviruses that they don't really spread to humans. However, health experts are still learning a lot about COVID-19.

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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.