COVID-19 Weekly News: July 27 – August 2

COVID-19 update / Mayo Clinic Connect / digital medicine

On Mayo Clinic Radio, 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 gives an update on progress towards a vaccine for COVID-19, discusses therapies for treating the virus and shares research on how effective face masks and physical distancing are in fighting the spread of the disease. Also on the program, you'll learn about Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community. Colleen Young, community director, and Rosemary Huckleberry, a volunteer mentor for Mayo Clinic Connect, will share how patients use the platform. And Dr. Steve Ommen, director for Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, will explain how digital medicine is changing health care.

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Mayo Clinic COVID-19 expert on virus resurgence and what it will take to reduce widespread transmission

As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in some parts of the U.S., more states are announcing mask mandates in an attempt to avoid seeing such resurgence. It's a move that Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic COVID-19 expert, says is key to help slow the spread of the virus.

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Herd Immunity: 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 explains herd immunity in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Skin care tips during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

Most people are washing their hands or using hand sanitizer more frequently these days. Many are also wearing face masks when in public or during work shifts, often for hours at a time.

These measures are key to reducing the spread of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But they can irritate and damage your skin. Making a few skin care changes for your hands and face can help counteract these effects.

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Complete your COVID-19 back-to-school checklist

"No matter what education model is chosen — in-person, distance learning or a hybrid of the two, we want to provide guidance to parents, children, teachers and staff on how to stay as safe and healthy as possible this school year," says Nipunie Rajapakse, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic.

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Herd immunity, antibodies & COVID-19 / bile duct cancer / peripheral artery disease

On the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. S. Vincent Rajkumar, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and researcher, discusses herd immunity, antibodies and how the body works to fight off disease. Dr. Bret Petersen, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, will discuss treatment for bile duct cancer. And Dr. Randall DeMartino, a Mayo Clinic vascular surgeon, will explain peripheral artery disease, a common circulatory problem.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Herd immunity, antibodies and COVID-19

The concept of herd immunity has sparked debate about whether it would control the spread of COVID-19. Herd immunity happens when a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease, meaning spread from person to person is unlikely.

So what is known about immunity and COVID-19? On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. S. Vincent Rajkumar, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and researcher, discusses how the body works to fight off disease.

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Science Saturday: COVID-19 “Live” Virus Research In a Specialized Lab

To solve the challenges presented by COVID-19, it's important to look to the past. History shows that collaboration is the way forward when uncovering secrets of an emerging virus. It is vital for many reasons, a key one being safety. Only a few labs can safely handle a "live," meaning infectious, sample. No one knows that better than Hideki Ebihara, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic virologist who leads Mayo's Emerging Virus Program.

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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.