COVID-19 Weekly News: October 26 – November 1

Pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 also discovered in adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report describing a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults (MIS-A) months after a similar condition was reported in children.

Like multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), MIS-A is a serious condition that can inflame some parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, digestive system, brain, skin or eyes. Inflammation typically includes swelling, often with redness and pain.

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Mayo Clinic Health System implements no-visitor policy in Southeast Minnesota in response to increasing community spread of COVID-19

RED WING, Minn. ― In response to increasing community spread of COVID-19, Mayo Clinic Health System's Southeast Minnesota Region will implement a no-visitor policy at all inpatient and outpatient facilities, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 28. This includes hospitals and clinics at all Mayo Clinic Health System locations in the region. It does not include Rochester hospitals or clinics.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: CDC updates close contact guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines for defining close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19. Previously, close contact was defined as occurring when someone was within 6 feet of an infectious person for 15 consecutive minutes. Now close contact includes people who were within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, as the CDC now advises that repeated, brief encounters also carry a risk of transmission.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Reconsidering Halloween activities

There might be a lot to "boo" about this Halloween season as the COVID-19 pandemic forces many traditions to be reconsidered. It's important to think and act differently this year, according to Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases expert.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: What to know about this season’s flu vaccine

Experts recommend that those who are 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine this year and get it as early as possible. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Robert Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, discusses this season's influenza vaccine.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Digital tools help Mayo Clinic with contact tracing

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Laura Breeher, a preventive medicine specialist and medical director of Occupational Health Services at Mayo Clinic, explains how digital tools were developed at Mayo Clinic to aid in contact tracing.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Health disparity and effects of COVID-19 on racial, ethnic minorities

"We found that environmental factors, especially systemic racism and problems with housing density, predispose these patients to having more chances of infection," says Dr. Aditya Shah, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert and one of the authors of the study.

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Mayo Clinic expert answers questions about breast cancer screening, levels of risk and latest in imaging

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some patients to keep on track with their regular breast cancer screenings. In the beginning of the pandemic, mammogram screenings dropped significantly. Now health care providers are working to get the word out that it's not only safe for patients to come in and resume their regular screening, but also it's vitally important.

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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.