COVID-19 weekly news: January 24-30

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting kids

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a common misconception is that kids aren't affected much by COVID-19, and if they were to get sick, their symptoms would be mild. However, the pandemic is affecting children in many ways, physically and mentally.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for coping with COVID-19 at home

My sister tested positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test and has not been to her doctor because her symptoms are mild  just some congestion and a slight cough. Although the new omicron variant of COVID-19 seems less severe, does she need to seek medical care? How should she manage the infection at home?

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What you need to know if you test positive or negative for COVID-19

Are you waiting for your COVID-19 test results and wonder what you need to do next? Mayo Clinic COVID-19 diagnostic experts provide some helpful guidelines to walk you through the next steps. It all depends on the type of test and your results.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 testing scenarios — what test and when?

Testing for COVID-19 is a part of the strategy to end the pandemic. But understanding testing — different types of tests and how and when to use them — can be confusing. Lab-run polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests and at-home antigen tests each have a role.

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Midwest COVID-19 situation update/predictive modeling and what’s next?

On January 26th, 2022, Curtis Storlie, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic data scientist, and Conor Loftus, M.D., chair, Mayo Clinic outpatient practice, provided updates on what Mayo Clinic’s predictive modeling is forecasting and what’s next as we look beyond the current peak of COVID-19 cases in the Midwest.

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Mayo experts: Don’t let guard down as COVID-19 cases peak

As the U.S. nears a national peak in the surge of the omicron variant, many states are already seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases. Mayo Clinic's Predictive Analytics Task Force has been tracking COVID-19 cases in the U.S. since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this peak, Mayo experts emphasize that the country is only halfway through the surge.

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Mayo Clinic expert discourages throat swab COVID-19 test ‘hack’

A Mayo Clinic expert is urging people to use at-home COVID-19 tests only as directed. While online claims suggest that a throat swab may better detect the omicron variant of COVID-19 than a nasal swab, Dr. Matthew Binnicker, director of Clinical Virology at Mayo Clinic, says no scientific evidence supports that claim.

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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.