Week in Review: February 11

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

CVS, Walgreens remove limits on at-home COVID-19 tests

CVS and Walgreens have removed all limits on at-home COVID-19 tests as cases have dropped significantly in recent weeks. Inventory at both pharmacy chains has correspondingly increased. Via The Hill

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Biden officials trying to recalculate U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations

Sources report that a task force of scientists and analysts from HHS and the CDC is attempting to recalculate the number of COVID-19 hospitalization in the U.S. Key to the new analysis is asking hospitals to separate out the number of patients who come to the hospital because of COVID-19 and those who are hospitalized and subsequently test positive for COVID-19. Via Politico

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Five myths about nursing

The pandemic has shined a spotlight on the critical role of nurses in hospitals — and the risks they routinely encounter while doing their jobs. The field of nursing, however, is still deeply misunderstood. This is perhaps no surprise: Nurses’ work is often undervalued compared with that of doctors, and almost 90 percent of the nursing workforce is women. Here are five common myths about the profession…Via Washington Press

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Mayo Clinic News

Is it time to phase out masks in schools? Why more states and doctors are saying yes.

"The change in school masking policies is likely going to set us back in our efforts to close the gap in COVID-19 health disparities in communities of color," said Folakemi Odedina, director of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research. Via USA Today

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Mayo Clinic discusses future of COVID-19 variants: 'We will see another variant, we don't know when'

Mayo Clinic professor of medicine Rick Kennedy says a slump in cases is expected to continue this spring and possibly into this fall. Kennedy says right now there's a similar variant to omicron is circulating called BA.2 but he says it's the variant after where all bets are off.  He explained, "We will see another variant, we don't know when. It will be a highly transmissible variant because it's got to compete with the current variant because Omicron is very transmissible. We don't know whether it will cause more severe or less severe disease. That's really up to the virus and so far we haven't seen any consistent pattern." Via KIMT

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A doctor answers questions about COVID-19 immunity, additional boosters and more

The omicron surge is receding, but Minnesota is still logging thousands of COVID-19 cases daily. Our youngest kids still can’t get vaccinated, and there’s confusion about boosters. Mayo Clinic preventive medicine physician Melanie Swift joined host Cathy Wurzer to answer your COVID-19 questions. Via MPR News

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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.