COVID-19 weekly news: April 6 – 12

COVID-19 pandemic highlights lessons learned in addressing global health equity

"We've learned so much from the pandemic. Firstly, we've learned that the world needs a trusted source of knowledge," Dr. Decker says. "But knowledge by itself is not enough. It's only useful when it can work on a foundation of partnerships, people, processes and technology."

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Vacation travel, vaccines for teens and more COVID-19 news

If you're fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you can travel domestically and where travel is allowed internationally, according to new interim travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even with those recommendations the CDC continues to recommend not traveling unless it is essential. Regardless, the CDC strongly recommends people continue to wear a face mask, practice social distancing and sanitize their hands.

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COVID-19 vaccines bring optimism amid concerns about a fourth wave of infections

"We are all worried that there's going to be a fourth wave," says Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious diseases expert and co-chair of Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution workgroup. "We've had three waves already. And each time the waves went down, everyone became very excited and took their masks off and stopped taking all the precautions that we recommended. At this time, it is the same situation."

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Returning to sports as COVID-19 restrictions ease

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 15-year-old son loves sports, and over the years he has played football, baseball and soccer, and fenced. COVID-19 put a damper on his gameplay as our community canceled many events and activities. Now, though, sports are resuming. Any advice for how I can ensure my young athlete can safely return to his games mentally and physically?

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Caring at home for yourself and others suffering from COVID-19

If you have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you're caring for yourself at home or you're caring for a loved one with COVID-19 at home, you might have questions. How do you know when emergency care is needed? How long is isolation necessary? What can you do to prevent the spread of germs? How can you support a sick loved one and manage your stress? Here's what you need to know.

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Are they safe? Are they effective? Will you need a booster? Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered

In this Q&A, Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious diseases expert and co-chair of the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution workgroup, answers questions about vaccine efficacy and safety, and why you should get vaccinated even if you've recovered from COVID-19 infection.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo’s bold changes, moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic

"I think, as an organization, we've made close to a decade of progress over the course of one year," says Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia. "The COVID-19 pandemic pushed us faster and further than we could have imagined. We're now tangibly stronger than we were pre-COVID — in our practice, in education, in research and in operation and business agility."

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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.