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At the beginning of the pandemic, pooled testing was seen as a way to potentially conserve valuable testing resources, but logistical hurdles and other challenges have limited its usefulness.

By Tracy Will • January 29, 2021

Beginning Jan. 26, all air travelers entering the U.S. from other countries will need a negative COVID-19 test result before they can board their flights.

By Tracy Will • January 22, 2021

Dr. Matthew Binnicker addresses the dramatic decrease in flu cases, and the corresponding drop in serious illness and death related to influenza, seen throughout the country this year.

By Tracy Will • January 15, 2021

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is carefully monitoring the emergence of two new variants of SARS-CoV-2 ― the virus that causes COVID-19 ― in the U.S. One variant is from the U.K. and one variant is from South Africa.

By Mayo Clinic Laboratories • January 13, 2021

Amir Sadighi Akha, M.D., D.Phil., lab section director for Mayo Clinic's Cellular and Molecular Immunology Laboratory, joins this episode of the "Answers From the Lab" podcast. Dr. Sadighi Akha and Bobbi Pritt, M.D., discuss dendritic cell enumeration — a new test offered through Mayo Clinic Laboratories that is the only clinical test of its kind currently available in the U.S.

By Samantha Rossi • December 22, 2020

A massive effort that involved numerous departments and experts, culminated in Mayo Clinic designing, testing and mass-manufacturing a 3D-printed mid-turbinate swab for COVID-19 testing.

By Tracy Will • December 11, 2020

On the podcast, Dr. William Morice described how Mayo Clinic Laboratories quickly ramped up to meet pandemic testing needs.

By Tracy Will • November 20, 2020

Although these sites may offer convenience, Dr. Morice cautions that it's important to understand the potential drawbacks.

By Tracy Will • November 18, 2020

In a story on Washington D.C. Fox 5 News, Dr. Morice reviewed the significance of reports that a COVID-19 vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective.

By Tracy Will • November 13, 2020

In a recent "Answers From the Lab" podcast, Aaron Tande, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and associate chair for outpatient practice in Mayo Clinic's Division of Infectious Diseases, explains the algorithm Mayo has developed to make sure patients receive the right test at the right time, so they can get the care they need as quickly as possible.

By Tracy Will • November 11, 2020

The in-depth article examines how the onset of flu season has the potential to further complicate testing challenges posed by COVID-19.

By Tracy Will • October 29, 2020

Flu season is just now unfolding. But this time, it’s piggy-backed with a pandemic, which threatens to spike with the colder weather as people huddle indoors. Adding to this conundrum is the unsettling fact that, for both COVID-19 and the flu, the symptoms overlap.

By Chris Bahnsen • October 21, 2020

The concept of at-home testing for COVID-19 sounds straightforward. But there's nuance to it that's important to understand. Right now, an at-home test for COVID-19 is not available, although there may be one coming soon. But in some areas, at-home sample collection is an option at this time.

By Tracy Will • October 12, 2020