COVID-19 Daily News: June 18

Mayo finds convalescent plasma safe for diverse patients with COVID-19

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have found investigational convalescent plasma to be safe following transfusion in a diverse group of 20,000 patients. The findings -- from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Expanded Access Program for COVID-19 -- are reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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New COVID-19 Test Launch and Employee Testing: Dr. Bill Morice

William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic and President of Mayo Clinic Laboratories, joins the Answers from the Lab podcast for his weekly leadership update. On this episode, Dr. Morice addresses the new neutralizing antibody assay, employee serology testing, and FDA restrictions on home testing.

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Preparing for hurricane season during COVID-19

"It is important to have food, water and other household supplies when preparing for a hurricane or other disaster, but it is also important to take stock of your health care necessities and prepare a first-aid kit, as well," says Dr. Vandana Bhide, a Mayo Clinic internist.

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Hurricane preparation: Food and nutrition tips

Hurricane season is officially underway. For those who live in high-risk areas, planning ahead is crucial. This year due to COVID-19, it's even more important to consider ways to lower spread of infection, for instance, if you need to check on neighbors or go to a shelter for safety.

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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.