COVID-19 weekly news: January 3-9

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Urgent need for blood donation

Blood donations typically drop off around the holidays, making National Blood Donor Month in January and important time to share the message about saving lives by giving blood. The COVID-19 pandemic also has affected blood donations.

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The role of boosters in battling omicron

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Dr. Gregory Poland, Mayo Clinic vaccine and epidemiology expert, fielded questions regarding boosters and the omicron variant of COVID-19. Journalists who have already registered on the News Network can log into their accounts to download a recording of the Zoom briefing found at the end of this post.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: January bringing an omicron surge

The rapid spread of COVID-19 due to the omicron variant continues, and experts expect a January surge across the U.S. "This is spreading unlike anything we've seen in the U.S.," says Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group.  "Over the last seven days, we're now averaging about 400,000 or so new cases a day."

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Mayo Clinic Health System to host virtual community forum, ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Do We Go From Here’

LA CROSSE, Wis. ― It's not easy keeping up with the COVID-19 pandemic. Variants, vaccines, testing, treatments ― the news is ever-changing. The public is invited to a virtual community forum, "The COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Do We Go From Here"on Jan. 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

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Mayo expert clears up confusion about COVID-19 boosters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its recommendations for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to expand the use of a single booster dose to 12- to 15-year-olds. The Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization earlier this week.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Get stretching in the new year

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for many people to get in their daily workout. Sedentary behavior, including sitting for long periods of time, can contribute to adverse health effects, including something referred to as "sitting disease."

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COVID-19 tests: Different types and when to use them

There are various types of COVID-19 tests that people may choose from to find out if they are infected with the virus. Dr. Matthew Binnicker and the team at Mayo Clinic Laboratories put together a chart to help break down the different types of COVID-19 tests and when to use them.

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FDA authorizes COVID-19 boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to expand the use of a single booster dose to 12- to 15-year-olds. The FDA also shortened the time needed before receiving a booster from at least six months after completion of the initial series to at least five months for everyone 12 and older. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention will review this recommendation. The CDC is expected to approve it.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Strategies for stressed kids

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have two children, ages 12 and 15. They are both good students, participate in athletics and enjoy spending time with friends. While both kids are back to in-person school after the COVID-19 pandemic, my oldest child seems to have less interest in activities. How do I know if I need to get him help?.

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Chantell Canfield (@chantellcanfield)

Chantell Canfield

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