COVID-19 Daily News: May 18

Mayo Clinic Encourages Patients to Practice Good Hand Hygiene

Mayo Clinic has placed reminders about good hand hygiene and also has placed hand sanitizer stations around campus to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic executive dean for practice, illustrates how to properly apply hand sanitizer.

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Mayo Researchers, Minority Communities Team Up to Combat COVID-19 Health Disparities

Rochester, Minn. — As the COVID-19 pandemic takes more lives each day across the U.S., public health officials report that racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately impacted. In a paper published as an accepted pre-proof article May 15, 2020, in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, researchers at Mayo Clinic detail how a community-engaged intervention tackled critical health communication problems within vulnerable minority communities. Community leaders collaborated with medical experts to serve as trusted conduits of information to their communities. The shared goal was to help people of diverse backgrounds understand what they need to know about COVID-19 prevention and testing, how to seek care, and how to access community resources. 

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Donating Blood to Get Back to Work During COVID-19

Dear Mayo Clinic: I saw an article recently about how donating blood could help treat people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and maybe let people go back to work. My neighbor said she was going to have a test and then donate blood, but she was not diagnosed with COVID-19, as far as I know. I think I may have had it based on my symptoms, but I never went to the hospital. Can I donate blood to help someone else? Or better yet, will it show that it’s OK for me to go back to work?

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Mayo Clinic Radio: 5/16/20

The Mayo Clinic Radio program shares the latest information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, , Dr. Conor Loftus, chair of outpatient practice at Mayo Clinic, explains how Mayo Clinic is protecting patients and staff by using enhanced screening, testing, cleaning and masking protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then in an encore presentation of Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, a Mayo Clinic neurologic surgeon, and Dr. Garret Choby, a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist — head and neck surgeon, explain minimally invasive surgery for skull base tumors. And Dr. Reade Quinton, a Mayo Clinic pathologist, discusses the shortage of pathologists and his forensic work in anatomic pathology.

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Samantha Rossi

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