COVID-19 Weekly News: August 17 – 23

COVID-19 and the risk of suicide

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, you may experience anxiety, fear, frustration, sadness and loneliness — to the point that those feelings become constant and overwhelming. Existing mental health conditions, including severe anxiety and major depression, may worsen. If you're feeling hopeless and having thoughts about suicide, or you're concerned about someone else, learn how to find help and restore hope.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Using AI to determine heart failure diagnosis

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Demilade Adedinsewo, lead author of the study and chief fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida, discusses how AI is improving patient care in the emergency department.

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COVID-19 in babies and children

Children of all ages can become ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But most kids who are infected typically don't become as sick as adults and some might not show any symptoms at all. Know the symptoms of COVID-19 in babies and children, why children might be affected differently by COVID-19 and what you can do to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Strict adherence to public health measures effective in combating COVID-19

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland discusses the latest news on COVID-19, including what has been learned about herd immunity and contact tracing, as well as the effectiveness of different types of masks.

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) drugs: Are there any that work?

I've heard several drugs mentioned as possible treatments for COVID-19. What are they and how do they work?

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COVID-19 update / health mindset for back to school / reversing heart disease / regenerative medicine

Until a vaccine is developed, public health measures are the best defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These measures include masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing. "Strict adherence to those things is a very powerful antidote to this virus," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. On Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr. Poland discusses the latest news on COVID-19. Also on the program, Dr. Craig Sawchuk, chair of the Division of Integrated Behavioral Health at Mayo Clinic, shares helpful tips and strategies to be resilient and handle the challenges of a school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Next Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, will discuss how heart disease can be reversed. And Dr. Andre Terzic, director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine, will explain how regenerative medicine is helping patients.

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COVID-19 and influenza: What to expect

With winter fast approaching, many are wondering how COVID-19 will affect the 2020–2021 influenza season. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, says while it's difficult to predict exactly what will happen, the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season is coming to an end, offers some clues.

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Ringing in remission amid COVID-19

"Dr. Ailawadhi was always positive. And during the two days I was there, I really got to trust Dr. Ailawadhi and Mayo Clinic. To me, Mayo Clinic was excellence in the sense of the latest in technology and in treatment, so I decided to stay and get my treatment with Mayo Clinic."

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Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma discontinues enrollment as FDA authorizes its emergency use

ROCHESTER, Minn.  — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized emergency use of convalescent plasma and the national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for convalescent plasma led by Mayo Clinic announced its intention to discontinue enrollment. The five-month program served 2,780 hospital and acute care facilities, with nearly 14,000 physicians enrolling 101,000 patients and reports of 71,000 infused so far. Eligible patients who are enrolled in the Expanded Access Program will receive convalescent plasma. For more information, go to

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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.