COVID-19 weekly news: May 16-22

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 update

The widespread availability of at-home COVID-19 tests have made it easier for people to know if they have the virus, and to take measures to protect themselves and others. But there is a downside. Because the majority of tests are now done at home and often not reported, the official counts on COVID-19 infection rates are not as accurate as they have been in past waves of the virus.

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Mayo Clinic expert shares tips for navigating a return to work with long COVID

Symptoms are only half of the picture when it comes to long COVID, also known as post-COVID syndrome. The other half is how long COVID affects a person’s ability to live their lives. Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's COVID Activity Rehabilitation Program, offers tips for navigating the return to work during recovery.

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COVID-19 booster vaccinations extended to kids 5-11

The COVID-19 booster recommendations in the U.S. have been extended to include children ages 5–11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made those recommendations following the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) meeting on Thursday, May 19.

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Meghann Southwick

Meghann Southwick is a marketing specialist for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2021.