COVID-19 Weekly News: September 14 – 20

Facing major surgery in the COVID-19 era

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the way you go through your day — socializing, working, schooling, eating at a restaurant and filling the gas tank. Even a trip to the health care provider's office is different due to COVID-19.

If you're facing a major surgery, you might wonder what preparation and recovery will look like. You might be anxious about whether you'll be safe during the procedure.

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Helping your children prepare for a COVID-19 test

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful time for many families. Each of your family members, including your children, likely has had many changes to daily routines in recent weeks or months. This can be troubling to children and disrupt the family. One part of the pandemic that could cause children to be upset is if they need a COVID-19 test.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Bringing COVID-19 vaccines to the public

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, explains the challenges of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Neurologic function and COVID-19

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My family has a history of neurologic disease. My grandfather died from a stroke. An uncle was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease at 40, and my brother recently was diagnosed with an aneurysm. I'm wondering if our family is at greater risk for COVID-19? Are there any neurologic symptoms we should be on the lookout for?

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Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 tracking tool provides latest local data, expert guidance

To help people protect themselves and their loved ones, Mayo Clinic has introduced a tracking tool on that features the latest COVID-19 data for every county in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and Mayo Clinic insight on how to assess risk and plan accordingly.

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Who should get the flu vaccine and when?

Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, an infectious diseases specialist says she is often asked who should get vaccinated and the best time of year to do so. She answers those questions and more in this Q and A.

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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.