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COVID-19 Weekly News: July 13-19

Contact tracing and COVID-19: What is it and how does it work?

I've heard about contact tracing being done during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is it and how does it work?

Answer: Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In communities using contact tracing, clinics, labs and hospitals send the names of people who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 to their local health department.

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Supply Chain Management during COVID-19: Dr. Paul Jannetto

Paul Jannetto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic and Vice Chair of Supply Chain, joins Answers from the Lab to discuss the essential role he and his team have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this episode, he specifically addresses supply chain shortages and the innovative steps that have been taken to keep up with demand during these unprecedented times.

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COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children

Though children of all ages can become sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), most kids who are infected typically don't become as sick as adults do. Some children who have an active infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 might not show any signs or symptoms at all.

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Benefits of Wearing a Mask: 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 discusses the state of testing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of masking.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Large family reunion may carry some risks for COVID-19 transmission

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was invited to an extended family reunion barbecue this summer and I am torn on whether to attend or not. About 50 people were invited and the event will be held at a state park. Is it safe to attend?

ANSWER: So, that’s a great question. This summer is going to be unlike any we’ve had before, and I know people are trying to make a lot of really difficult decisions about what kinds of activities they might participate in. I think as a general rule of thumb there are four dimensions that we would encourage people to think about as they try and determine the risks associated with participating in certain activities: Time, space, people and place.

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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.