COVID-19 weekly news: December 14 – 20

Mirroring healthy behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Have you ever heard a lame joke but see everyone else is laughing so you find yourself giggling along? Or lean into a conversation when others were, as well? Or yawned following another person's yawn even though you don't feel sleepy?

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COVID-19 vaccines are effective but keep following other preventive steps

"The COVID-19 pandemic has made this a trying year for everyone. But there is good news to report," says Amy W. Williams, M.D., Executive Dean for Practice, Mayo Clinic. The article below is a message from Dr. Williams to patients, Mayo Clinic employees and the general public.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: 3D printing helps patients and medical teams

3D printing can provide an exact replica of a body part. But the printing process is not building or molding the model in traditional ways. The technology creates a solid 3D object by taking thin imaging slices from computer files. Mayo Clinic has been working with 3D printing for at least 16 years, applying it to clinical and surgical areas.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: A vaccine milestone

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the first of several COVID-19 vaccines developed in response to the pandemic. The first vaccine has been distributed to all 50 states, and vaccinations are underway. Development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has been an extraordinary effort of science and engineering.

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New content on COVID-19 hot spots and other features added to Mayo Clinic’s Coronavirus Map

Mayo Clinic has added new features, data points and health advice from Mayo experts to its Coronavirus Map. This easy-to-use tracking tool provides data and trends on COVID-19 cases nationwide, along with Mayo Clinic guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

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Team among first to receive COVID-19 vaccine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Abigail Carter, a nurse in the Medical ICU, says being part of the first wave of vaccinations across the U.S. as a front-line health care worker is an honor and a privilege. "Maybe we can help put an end to this pandemic," says Carter.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccine myths

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: There has been a lot of news coverage about the COVID-19 vaccines recently developed and now being administered across the U.S. But with so much information out there, I'm confused about whether these vaccines will be safe. Could you address some of my concerns?

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Don’t hesitate, dive into data for COVID-19 vaccine

"We have always struggled with vaccine hesitancy and a sense of uncertainty," says Dr. Robert Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Primary Care Immunization program. "But what we have available through this emergency use authorization is worth taking now. I would not delay doing what I could to protect my patients and myself."

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Saying no to holiday gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: We typically host several family members and their children in our home for a visit each December. But due to COVID-19 we have decided to avoid social encounters. How can I tell my siblings that they and their children can't come without creating a rift? Also, do you have any advice on politely declining holiday invitations?

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Hope arrives at Mayo Clinic locations as COVID-19 vaccinations begin

Around 250 Mayo Clinic staff members in Rochester received vaccinations for COVID-19 on Friday. Among the first to get vaccinated was a team of five health care staff members who responded to the first suspected case of COVID-19 in Rochester, and an emergency medicine physician who, in March, diagnosed the first patient who was COVID-19-positive at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. As a group of people that was there from the very beginning of the pandemic, it was only fitting that they all received their vaccinations simultaneously, as a team.

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Samantha Rossi (@samantharossi)

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.