COVID-19 Weekly News: August 24 – 30

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Strategic Management and Resource Team helps keep patients safe during COVID-19

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. A. Noelle Larson, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic who serves as her department's SMaRT representative, explains how orthopedic surgery is safely seeing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Larson also discusses her practice, including the vertebral body tether implant, an innovative treatment for some patients with moderate to severe scoliosis.

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Online searches for ‘chest pain’ rise, emergency visits for heart attack drop amid COVID

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― A study of search engine queries addressed the question of whether online searches for chest pain symptoms correlated to reports of fewer people going to the emergency department with acute heart problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Helping kids cope with loneliness during COVID-19

Up until late 2019, most kids spent their days in constant interaction with friends, teachers, family and neighbors. And then the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic struck.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Listener mailbag – COVID-19 questions answered

Does hand sanitizer expire? Is a face shield effective in protecting me from the virus? How long do I need to quarantine if I've been exposed? Get answers to these questions and more on today's episode of Mayo Clinic Q&A.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Diabetes management & illness, COVID risk

Dear Mayo Clinic: Diabetes runs in my family. My mother was diagnosed in her 20s and requires daily insulin. Last month, my 45-year-old sister was diagnosed and is now on medication. My doctor told me I was a pre-diabetic. I am curious how I might be able to reduce my risk for diabetes, especially since I’ve heard that diabetics are at greater risk of COVID-19. Are there extra steps my sister and I should take to stay safe?

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Patient travels to Mayo during COVID-19 pandemic

­­The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all.  Decisions that last year would have been easy to make, leave us questioning if there is a better option. Questions like “should I go to the doctor?” and “how far am I willing to travel?” For one Michigan man, those questions were easy, and the answers led him to Mayo Clinic.

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Mask up like a pro: Mayo Clinic expert shows how to safely wear, take off a face mask

Wearing a face mask is one important intervention to decrease the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as other respiratory viruses, such as influenza. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, says, like vaccines and hand-washing, masks alone aren't perfect.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: From the front lines of the COVID-19 battle

Health care workers across the country have been on the front lines fighting the coronavirus for more than six months. COVID-19 has presented extraordinary challenges in treating patients and helping families cope, and those challenges are taking a toll on the health care workers themselves.

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Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza

This year's annual flu shot will offer protection against three or four of the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this flu season. A high-dose flu vaccine as well as an additional vaccine also will be available for adults age 65 and older.

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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.