Week in Review: January 21

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

Rochester City Council endorses mask mandate

The Rochester City Council voted 6-1 on Sunday night to uphold Mayor Kim Norton’s emergency order requiring masks in indoor public spaces. In approving the motion, the council cited the rising rates of Covid-19 transmission in the community due to the omicron variant. The emergency order took effect Sunday morning and lasts through Feb. 7. Via Med City Beat

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White House to distribute 400 million free N95 masks starting next week

The Biden administration plans to distribute 400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting next week, a White House official said…The distribution of the masks is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history, said the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement. The N95 masks will come from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile and will be given out at tens of thousands of pharmacies and federal community health centers, the same locations where Americans have received their vaccinations. Via Washington Post

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Fauci says FDA could authorize Pfizer's Covid vaccine for kids under 5 in the next month

Minnesota is spending $40 million in federal pandemic relief to bring in 350 health care workers, mostly nurses, to White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said the Food and Drug Administration could approve Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine for children under 5 years old in the next month. "My hope is that it's going to be within the next month or so and not much later than that, but I can't guarantee that," Fauci said during an interview with Blue Star Families, a nonprofit group that supports military families. Fauci said younger children will likely need three doses, because two shots did not induce an adequate immune response in 2 to 4 year olds in Pfizer's clinical trials. Via CNBC

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Mayo Clinic News

Omicron may peak next week in Minnesota, says Mayo data scientist

Data Scientist Dr. Curtis Storlie, who works in the Mayo Clinic Kern Center, says right now projections from Mayo’s COVID Modeling Team show Minnesota will see its peak of Omicron cases around Jan. 23, give or take a week. And he believes we will see record case numbers. “Roughly around three times as high for cases than our worst previous surge, which was, you know, back in fall of 2020,” Dr. Storlie said. “The good news is we are getting pretty close.”

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Mayo Clinic 'appreciates' Rochester's city-wide mask mandate

“The omicron variant and resulting surge in COVID-19 cases is challenging our health care system, schools, businesses, and community. Mayo Clinic appreciates the Declaration of Local Emergency requiring masking in indoor spaces in Rochester to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during this surge. We have seen from prior waves of COVID-19 that masking correlates with decreased transmission. To further protect the community, Mayo Clinic urges people to get vaccinated and boosted to prevent severe illness. We are a healthier community when we help and support one another to ensure that all are safe during these challenging times, including people who are immunocompromised and children too young to be vaccinated.” Via KIMT

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Study: E-cigarette users with COVID-19 more likely to experience symptoms

“The study was designed to compare the frequency of common COVID-19 symptoms, such as loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle aches and chest tightness in COVID patients who vaped, compared with those who were not vapers,” says David McFadden, M.D., a Mayo Clinic internist and the study’s first author. “We interviewed more than 280 COVID-positive vapers and compared them with 1,445 COVID-positive people of the same age and gender, and who don’t vape. All of these common COVID symptoms were reported more frequently among people who vape.” Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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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.