COVID-19 weekly news: November 30 – December 6

Answers to common questions about whether vaccines are safe, effective and necessary

Hesitance toward vaccines is common, says Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, medical director of Primary Care Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic. He says health care providers should expect questions about the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Managing the COVID-19 surge

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Elie Berbari, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mayo Clinic, explains how Mayo Clinic is managing staff, supplies and space during the COVID-19 surge.

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Advent of the COVID-19 vaccine

Hospitals are being notified that the first COVID-19 vaccines will arrive before the end of the year, but those first shipments will be limited in number and be aimed at high risk individuals, including front line health care workers. Dr. Melanie Swift is one of two Mayo physicians in charge of planning for the vaccine, once it arrives at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She says the first recipients will be determined by government officials and advisors. 

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Breast cancer screening and COVID-19

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: During a breast self-exam two months ago, I felt a lump. This month, the lump seems to have disappeared. My cousin, who had breast cancer, is suggesting I get it checked anyways. I’m nervous to go to the doctor because of COVID-19. Is it safe to get a mammogram and other breast cancer screenings, or is it OK to wait, even with a family history

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Tips for managing stress

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted everyone's lives, creating a lot of stress. You might not realize it, but that stress can affect your health. Frequent headaches, trouble sleeping, fatigue, muscle pains and an upset stomach are just a few of the symptoms that stress can cause in your life.

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Surgery safety during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has changed many daily routines, from socializing, work, school, eating at a restaurant and filling your gas tank. Even a trip to your health care provider's office is different due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and the holidays: 5 things you can do to mentally prepare for the long winter ahead

"The long, dark, cold days of winter are upon us, and for some people, anxiety and depression can become problems this time of year," says Paige Gernes, physician assistant, Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. "COVID-19 is adding to the mental fatigue of the season, as many more people spend time in isolation."

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Monoclonal antibody treatment can help high-risk patients with COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization to use bamlanivimab and casirivimab-imdevimab to treat confirmed COVID-19 in patients who have mild or moderate symptoms, and at a high-risk of disease progression and hospitalization. The treatments are given in the outpatient setting at infusion centers across Mayo Clinic's locations in the Midwest.

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Home office ergonomics tips

Ergonomics is the way you fit to your workspace. Proper office ergonomics, including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture, can help you and your joints stay comfortable when working.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: 7 top COVID-19 myths

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I am hearing things about the virus and treatment options that seem to conflict with information I read early on. I'm not sure what information I can trust. Can you clear up some of the top myths regarding COVID-19?

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Science Saturday: COVID-19 “Live” Virus Research In a Specialized Lab

To solve the challenges presented by COVID-19, it's important to look to the past. History shows that collaboration is the way forward when uncovering secrets of an emerging virus. It is vital for many reasons, a key one being safety. Only a few labs can safely handle a "live," meaning infectious, sample. No one knows that better than Hideki Ebihara, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic virologist who leads Mayo's Emerging Virus Program.

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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.