COVID-19 weekly news: October 10-15

Covid Queries: Altered DNA and microchips

Q: I've heard some theories circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine, including that it was developed to control the general population through microchip tracking or "nanotransducers" in our brains. I've also heard that it will alter my DNA. Are these theories true?

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Flu during a pandemic

Have you had your flu shot yet?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months get a flu shot every season with rare exceptions.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Continuing progress in battle against COVID-19

"On Oct. 14 the Federal Drug Administration is going to look at COVID-19 boosters for Moderna. On Oct. 15, (the FDA will review) boosters for Johnson & Johnsons' COVID-19 vaccine. And on Oct. 29, the FDA will look at extending emergency use for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children down to 5 years of age," says Dr. Poland. He adds that vaccinations of children could begin within a couple of weeks of the emergency use authorization. 

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Hope for patients with post-COVID syndrome

"Estimates show that 10%–30% of people who become infected with COVID-19 will end up coming down with long-haul COVID," says Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn, medical director of Mayo Clinic's COVID Activity Rehabilitation Program (Program is currently closed 1/2022). "And it does look like that long-haul COVID could be a new chronic infection for some folks and be a new baseline." 

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COVID-19 Media Only News Briefing: Kids, COVID-19 and Fall Festivities / Tips for Staying Safe

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Nipunie Rajapakse, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, talked about communities planning Halloween and other seasonal activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Rajapakse discussed how to participate safely in the fun, especially with indoor gatherings for younger unvaccinated children. She also took a number of COVID-19 questions related to children.

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Tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

"This year, we're looking toward a Halloween that hopefully brings back some of the activities that kids really enjoy this time of year," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician with Mayo Clinic Children's Center. "That includes some activities like trick-or-treating. I think one of the big things that we've learned about how the COVID-19 virus is spread is that it really doesn't spread well outdoors. And trick-or-treating is an activity that happens outdoors. We think that with some precautions, we can trick or treat safely this Halloween."

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.