COVID-19 weekly news: November 23 – November 29

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Remote monitoring for COVID-19 patients

Dr. Tufia Haddad, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and medical director of the Center for Connected Care's Remote Patient Monitoring program, at Mayo Clinic, says the program is a way to deliver patient care between clinical visits to make sure their health is improving. In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Haddad details how the program works for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Flu symptoms mimic COVID-19 infection: experts urge flu vaccination

"This season is more important to get the flu vaccine because the flu also has symptoms that mimic COVID-19 infection," says Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher at Mayo Clinic Children's Center. And there is some evidence that having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time may put you at higher risk of complications."

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Mayo Clinic launches COVID-19 Research Vaccine Registry to identify people interested in participating in future clinical trials

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Registry that will identify people interested in participating in upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. People who add their name to the registry may be contacted in the future to determine if they are eligible to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine trial at Mayo Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic innovations to ease burden of COVID-19 surge on hospitals

"Things have really changed from last March and we have learned an awful lot," says Dr. Amy W. Williams, executive dean of practice for Mayo Clinic. "We have incredibly robust modeling, we know how to manage and treat patients with COVID-19, no matter how acutely ill they are, and we know how to keep everybody safe with personal protective equipment. But what is really exciting is that we have new tools to treat patients in the outpatient setting."

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Mayo Clinic research confirms critical role of masks in preventing COVID-19 infection

ROCHESTER, Minn. — New, unpublished data from researchers at Mayo Clinic found that physical separation reduces the exposure of respiratory droplets and that three feet is helpful but 6 feet separation reduces particle counts to near baseline levels. The findings strongly support the protective value and effectiveness of widespread mask use and maintaining physical distance in helping to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Mayo Clinic braces for potential effects of holiday travel, gatherings on Midwest COVID-19 surge

As the number of new COVID-19 infections rises dramatically, nationwide hospitalizations are at a record high. Dr. Amy W. Williams, executive dean of practice for Mayo Clinic, gives a situation update on the Midwest surge and describes the concerns health experts have about the potential effects of holiday travel and gatherings on COVID-19 surge.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndromes in children and adults

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been hearing about this pediatric syndrome that affects children with COVID-19. A friend recently said it can affect adults, too. Can you explain what these syndromes are and what I need to do to keep my family safe?

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COVID-19 and the holiday’s: 5 things you can do to physically prepare for the long winter

"When we spend more time isolated and indoors, our physical health can become an afterthought," says Madhan Prabhakaran, M.D., family medicine physician, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. "We have to stay vigilant not only about COVID-19, but also about maintaining our overall health and wellness."

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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.