COVID-19 weekly news: February 15 – 22

Side effects – or lack of side effects – after being vaccinated for COVID-19

Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, says everybody is different. He says the first dose teaches your body to recognize the virus and the second vaccine is kicking the body's system into gear.

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Feet and the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused wide-reaching changes, including the temporary closure of some schools, as well as gyms, salons, restaurants and other businesses. In addition, many people have transitioned to working from home. These changes affect many elements of your health, including how you use your feet. And this can lead to some medical issues.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Tackling the latest COVID-19 topics

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, helps by answering a number of common questions and addressing these COVID-19 topics...

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayo Clinic doctors highlight crucial work on combatting misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayo Clinic doctors held a press conference in Rochester, Minnesota, on Wednesday to highlight the need to combat misinformation regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Young patient with COVID-19 recovering after hospital stay, ECMO support

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, medical professionals have stressed that older adults had an increased risk of serious disease or hospitalization. Although COVID-19 tends to be mild for some, it still carries the risk of causing life-threatening lung failure, even in young, previously healthy people. An example of that is Juan Pablo Nunez, who goes by J.P.

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Screening mammograms and COVID-19 vaccine

"If you've had a COVID-19 vaccination, it's still important to come in for your screening mammogram," says Dr. Kristin Robinson, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic in Florida. "Let your mammogram technologist know that you've had the vaccine and which arm it was administered in. This information will be helpful in understanding the mammogram images."

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Expert Alert: Encephalitis prevention another reason to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Monday, Feb. 22, is World Encephalitis Day. In recognition, the Plummer Building in Rochester, Minnesota; Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona; and the sign at the main entrance to Mayo Clinic in Florida will be lighted red beginning at sunset. The Encephalitis Society’s Lights Camera Action campaign will light landmarks worldwide, including Niagara Falls in Ontario and Tower 42 in London.

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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.