COVID-19 weekly news: March 7-11

Pandemic vs. endemic: What’s the difference, when could it happen and why endemic doesn’t mean an end to COVID-19

On March 7th, 2022, Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert Jack O’Horo, M.D., MPH fielded questions on what it will mean once COVID-19 transitions from a pandemic to endemic. Dr. O’Horo, M.D., MPH explained that difference and how it could affect daily life. Also, is there still a threat of more powerful COVID-19 variants emerging?

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Increased heart disease risk, even a year after COVID-19 infection

A recent study found that people who were infected with COVID-19 are at increased risk of heart disease, even a year after their recovery from infection. The study, published in Nature Medicine, reviewed the health records of more than 150,000 U.S. veterans, and found that people with prior COVID-19 infections were 60% more likely to develop cardiac issues.

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How to deal with anxiety, stress when the world feels overwhelming

Anxieties are heightened around the world as Russia continues its attacks on Ukraine. Those who continuously monitor the European situation, as well as the ongoing political strife in the U.S. and the global pandemic, can feel anxious or in despair.

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COVID-19: Hope for the future as world passes deadly milestone

A grim tally was revealed this week, as the global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 6 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And nearly 1 million of those deaths have occurred in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Losing sleep during the pandemic? It may be affecting your weight, heart, and overall health 

Are you losing sleep during the pandemic? You are not alone. Up to 19% of adults in the U.S. report not getting enough rest or sleep every day, according to the National Institutes of Health, and more Americans are taking melatonin than ever before. Why has the pandemic affected people’s sleep habits? What does current research show about the link between sleep and heart attacksobesity and high blood pressure? What can consumers do to get better sleep or deal with a sleep disorder?

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Learning more about long-haul COVID-19

Post-COVID syndrome, also known as long-haul COVID-19 or long COVID-19, involves a wide range of health problems that occur for many weeks, months and years after recovering from COVID-19. And most experts agree that long-haul COVID-19 is not rare and occurs in at least 10%–20% of people who have had COVID-19.

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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.