Week in Review: January 7

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

What is 'flurona' and how serious is it?

Israel's first known case of a person infected with Covid-19 and the flu has been detected, the country's Ministry of Health confirmed to CNN on Tuesday, raising questions over how the two viruses might impact someone who contracts them at the same time. The patient, an unvaccinated pregnant woman in her 30s, was discharged on Thursday "in good general condition," Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva, said in a statement. "This is the first mother to be diagnosed with influenza and corona in Beilinson. We treated her with a drug combination that targets both corona and flu," Via CNN

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Minneapolis and St. Paul reinstate mask requirements

 Amid rising cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19, both St. Paul and Minneapolis mayors signed on to new mask requirements for local businesses and city buildings. Mask mandates for both cities go into effect on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m., however there are a few differences in the approach by each city. Via KARE 11

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Supreme court weighs Biden’s vaccine mandates as Omicron spreads

The national divide over Covid-19 vaccination will be on display at the Supreme Court on Friday as the justices weigh whether a pair of vaccine mandates from the Biden administration governing large businesses and health care facilities can move forward. Via Politico

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Mayo Clinic News

At-home COVID tests and Omicron: What you need to know

Matthew J. Binnicker, the director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., noted that the outlook for being tested before New Year’s celebrations may be better as “there’s still more time for pharmacies and stores to be able to get access to those kits,” he said. Meanwhile, experts such as Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser for the pandemic, are also urging people to keep New Year’s gatherings small and ideally limited to family and close friends who are vaccinated and have been careful to reduce their risks of exposure. Via Washington Post

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Do dreams mean anything? Why do I feel like I’m falling? Or wake up paralyzed? We asked experts.

If you’re experiencing recurring dreams that don’t disrupt your normal functioning, observe them but don’t overthink or worry, said Bhanu Kolla, an associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and a consultant at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine. “It’s just part of what’s happening in your life right now, and once things settle down, things change. It’s likely going to get better,” he said. Via Washington Post

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If you tested positive for COVID but don't have any symptoms, here's exactly what you should do

Dr. Gregory Poland, MD, an infectious disease expert at Mayo Clinic, stresses the importance of coming up with a plan prior to becoming infected. “Think through what you’re going to do before this happens to you,” he explains. “Omicron is so contagious, and people have got to understand this: If you are not immunized, you are going to get infected. There’s no question about it. You are going to become immune, either through getting the disease and all of its consequences or by getting the vaccine and having very mild breakthrough disease. It is that contagious.” Via Parade

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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.