COVID-19 weekly news: April 4-10

Mayo Clinic expert shares 5 early care tips for people with long COVID

ROCHESTER, Minnesota — After visiting with hundreds of patients with long COVID, also known as post-COVID syndrome, Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D., and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic have learned a lot about the early steps in recovery. That includes the realization that there are steps people can take on their own to start recovering. Here are five tips from Dr. Vanichkachorn on how to start defeating post-COVID syndrome.

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The latest advice about COVID-19 boosters

Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized anyone age 50 and older to receive a 2nd booster dose of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. The guidance also included individual’s age 12 and up (Pfizer), and age 18 and older (Moderna) who are moderately-severely immunocompromised. On April 8th, Mayo Clinic vaccine researcher and infectious disease specialist, Gregory Poland, M.D., answered questions about the latest advice for getting a second COVID-19 booster.

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Testing wastewater for COVID-19: The clearest path to understanding community infection

Tracking the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in wastewater samples is the latest public health tool that cities around the U.S. are using to better understand COVID-19's spread in a community. Mayo Clinic is collaborating with The City of Rochester, Minnesota; Olmsted County Public Health; and University of Minnesota Rochester on the Olmsted County COVID-19 Wastewater Project to do just that.

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Mayo Clinic will offer COVID-19 booster for those 50 and older, immunocompromised patients 12 and older

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded eligibility for a second booster to all adults 50 and older. Mayo Clinic will begin offering the second booster dose to all eligible patients the week of April 11.

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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.