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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Get Healthy, Stay Healthy Adhering to Social Distancing
As people follow recommendations to stay home and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, questions arise as to how to pass the time. There may be things you can do to help get and stay healthy. (Published 03/25/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Emergency Medicine in the Time of COVID-19
Emergency medicine is a specialty that prides itself on a mantra: anyone, anything, anytime. The COVID-19 pandemic has put emergency health care providers and first responders on the front lines, fighting the spread of the virus and caring for critically ill patients. (Published 04/13/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes to daily life, and disrupted normal routines at work, at school, and at home. Physical isolation can negatively affect mental health, and constant news coverage can bring fear and anxiety about the disease. How can you best cope in these uncertain times? (Published 04/17/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Abuse at Home-Safety Planning During COVID-19
People around the world have been under stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While this situation isn't ideal, it can be dangerous for some. For people in abusive situations, the home may not be a safe environment. (Published 04/23/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Skin Care for Your Hands, Face During COVID-19
Your best defense against the spread of coronavirus is hand-washing, but frequent hand-washing can deplete the skin of its natural moisture and oils, causing dry and cracked skin. Recommendations to wear face masks also are taking a toll on the skin. Face masks may rub across the nose and behind the ears, which can irritate the skin. What should you do if your skin is becoming dry or sensitive? (Published 04/24/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Maintaining Routine Vaccine Schedules During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the World Health Organization(WHO) says more than 117 million children in 37 countries may be missing out on the lifesaving measles vaccine. The WHO had issued some guidelines to help countries sustain immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Published 05/01/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: The "Quarantine 15"
It’s being called the "Quarantine 15" online — people poking fun at gaining weight while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is it really a problem? Or does eating help cope with stress? And what about for kids? Public health researchers warn that COVID-19 related school closures will double out-of-school time this year, raising concerns about weight gain associated with summer recess for children. (Published 05/07/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Strict adherence to public health measures effective in combating COVID-19
Until a vaccine is developed, public health measures are the best defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These measures include masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing. "Strict adherence to those things is a very powerful antidote to this virus," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. (Published 08/19/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Listener mailbag - COVID-19 Questions Answered
During the COVID-19 pandemic, new information about the disease is discovered on a weekly basis and it can be hard to keep up. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, answers listeners' questions on COVID-19. (Published 8/24/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Don't Delay Cancer Screenings
Cancer diagnoses have decreased since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent study in JAMA. "We can speculate that putting off routine screening tests means early cancers are not being detected," says Dr. Nabil Wasif, a Mayo Clinic surgical oncologist. He says this suggests that patients will eventually show up but with more advanced cancer. Routine screenings are recommended for breast, cervical and colon cancer, as well as lung cancer if the patient is a smoker. (Published 9/8/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: A Physician Shares his Experience Battling COVID-19
Dr. Deepi Goyal, a Mayo Clinic emergency physician and regional chair of practice for Southeastern Minnesota, was infected with COVID-19 after his daughter was exposed at work and brought the virus home. Despite his best efforts to isolate and avoid contact, Dr. Goyal started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on day nine of the recommended 10-day isolation period. (Published 9/11/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Pandemic Screen Time
Monitoring screen time for children can be a challenge for parents and caregivers under normal circumstances. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, remote schooling has increased the amount of time students are glued to computer monitors and smartphone screens. "Depending on the age of the child there are some considerations because our younger children are just not meant to be staring at a screen for six, seven hours a day," says Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic Family Medicine physician. (Published 12/10/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: How Virtual Meetings Affect Your Mind, Body
To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have transitioned to working from home or working from offices with social distancing and using virtual technology to connect with others. Much of life has gone virtual, including schooling, but how does this affect you psychologically and physically? (Published 12/11/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: 3-D Printing- public health
3D printing can provide an exact replica of a body part. But the printing process is not building or molding the model in traditional ways. The technology creates a solid 3D object by taking thin imaging slices from computer files. Mayo Clinic has been working with 3D printing for at least 16 years, applying it to clinical and surgical areas. "And one of the many benefits we have from 3D printing is the ability to inform the patient," says Dr. Jonathan Morris, a Mayo Clinic neuroradiologist. (Published 12/15/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: COVID-19 Vaccinations Happening in Phases
Front-line health care workers across the country are receiving the first COVID-19 vaccinations. With the recent approval of a second COVID-19 vaccine for use here in the U.S., more COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to be available this week. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel has recommended allocating COVID-19 vaccines for the next phase. Phase 1b includes those who are 75 and older as well as front-line essential workers, including police, firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers. These vaccinations would begin when phase 1a, health care workers and long term care residents, is completed. (Published 12/23/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Coping with Relationship Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The holiday season can be stressful all on its own, but add the COVID-19 pandemic and you have the potential for increased anxiety. With health concerns and potential financial worries, coupled with being inside for the winter, some relationships might be feeling the tension of too much togetherness. "At the beginning of the pandemic, I was hearing a lot from couples that I work with, about how much they were appreciating the ability to spend more time together," says Dr. Jennifer Vencill, a Mayo Clinic psychologist. "But that story is starting to shift a little." (Published 12/28/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: COVID-19 Weekly Update
2020 has been a year consumed by COVID-19, from the first news of the virus in the U.S. in January to vaccines rolling out in December. Scientists, health care providers and the public have gained new knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases and virus transmission, and COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time. (Published 12/30/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Healthier Eating to Kick-Start the New Year
As the new year kicks off, many people renew or begin a commitment to improving their health. Often, that starts with healthy eating, and this year it might include kicking bad habits developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic, offers nutrition tips and suggests small changes that can lead to better eating habits and help you shift to healthier eating in 2021. (Published 01/04/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Looking Back and Moving Forward with Patient Care During COVID-19
Battling the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be challenging, especially for health care workers across all levels of patient care. "People came together in adversity, responded and synergized to create a situation where we not only survived but thrived within this challenging environment," says Dr. Conor Loftus, chair of Mayo Clinic outpatient practice. (Published 01/06/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Innovation is Transforming Patient Care in Florida, Beyond
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed medical research and patient care to new levels. High-volume testing for COVID-19, researching convalescent plasma and monitoring patients at home are just a few of the challenges met by Mayo Clinic in Florida in 2020. Dr. Kent Thielen, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, says they also are looking ahead as the campus continues to grow. He highlights the Lung Restoration Center, the Discovery and Innovation Center, the BioBusiness Incubator and the integrated oncology facility as examples of accelerated programs. (Published 01/15/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Reaching patients where they are with Mayo Clinic Platform
In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Halamka explains artificial intelligence, talks about new devices generating new kinds of data, and how to make sure those data are used ethically. He also offers predictions about what health care will look like in the future. (Published 01/22/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: COVID-19, vaccines and children
The distribution kinks for COVID-19 vaccines are getting ironed out, says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group."It's a logistics nightmare, but now you're seeing a plan to administer 1 million doses a day and I think that's very achievable," says Dr. Poland. "And the production of the vaccine is just going to accelerate." Dr. Poland also repeats the reminders about preventing transmission of COVID-19: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep your social distance. "The current estimates are that in the next four weeks, we'll probably have about another 100,000 deaths," adds Dr. Poland. "It's stunning when you think about 1 out of every 860 Americans has now died of this." (Published 01/20/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: COVID-19 pandemic's mental health toll
Fear and worry are normal responses when people perceive and experience threats. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought daily stressors over the past year, leaving many people with a sustained feeling of anxiety. While social distancing has been necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the separation from others can exacerbate anxiety by leaving people feeling isolated and lonely. Learning to recognize and cope with stress in healthy ways can improve resilience. (Published 01/27/2021)
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Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Live Webinar Series - February 17, 2021: Managing ICU Capacity and Ethics in Crisis Care
Mayo Clinic experts will discuss practical and ethical questions in critical care and ICU capacity management, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Published 02/17/2020)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Tackling the Latest COVID-19 Topics
Medical research reveals new information about COVID-19 daily. While scientists and medical experts focus on virus spread, new variants, improved therapeutic treatments and more, it's sometimes difficult for the public to keep up with evolving information. (Published 02/17/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Don't Delay Lifesaving Cancer Tests, Treatments Because of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed, canceled and delayed many parts of people's lives, including when or if they seek medical care. Dr. Robert McWilliams, a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist, says there are various reasons patients may be avoiding or delaying care. But he emphasizes that coming to medical institutions is safe, and that ignoring symptoms or delaying exams can result in more severe illness or even death. "Early on in the pandemic, we said to postpone elective care," says Dr. McWilliams. "Unfortunately, I think a lot of people view cancer screening as part of elective care. It's really not." (Published 03/02/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Don't Let Down Your Guard During the COVID-19 Pandemic
"People seem to be decreasing travel. More folks are wearing masks. They're following that hand, space, and vaccinate paradigm," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "And it's working." But he warns that this is not the time to let down your guard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland says there are three COVID-19 vaccines and receiving whichever one is available to you, is the way out of this pandemic. He also reminds people to continue wearing masks, even after being vaccinated for COVID-19. (Published 03/03/2021)
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Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Live Webinar Series - March 15, 2021: Life After COVID
Helping patients recover from COVID-19 requires a multidisciplinary team of experts, support outside of the clinic, and most importantly, caring. In this Webinar, experts from Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Activity Rehabilitation Program will discuss lessons learned and best practices from their experiences evaluating and treating patients with post-COVID syndrome. (Published 03/15/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: “Brain fog” is a lingering condition for many COVID-19 long-haulers
Fatigue and what's being called "brain fog" are turning out to be some of the most common issues for long-hauler patients recovering from COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health calls these and other symptoms, which can last for several months, post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, or PASC. Those suffering from brain fog may experience short-term memory loss, confusion, difficulty concentrating or just feeling different than they did before they had COVID-19, even if it was a mild case of the infection. And Dr. Billie Schultz, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation expert, says, though older patients have these symptoms more often, younger people are also showing up with brain fog. (Published 03/08/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: So much learned in 1 year of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how quickly life can change. That's evident in people's personal lives and across the scientific community. Remarkable advances have been made in science over the past year, guided by international research collaborations. "When you look at nine months from when we first identified this pathogen to having a vaccine, that's as close to a human miracle, if I could use that term, as as one could expect," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. But he says there have been some frustrations. "As soon as we make some progress, everybody wants to open up and relax restrictions," says Dr. Poland. "Opening up and getting back to normal is not a light switch." (Published 03/10/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Protection protocols involving ear, nose and throat patients during COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus spreads through respiratory droplets. This means treating patients who have diseases or injuries involving the ears, nose or throat, or the head and neck require particular precautions. "COVID-19 taught us all to be more nimble," says Dr. Devyani Lal, a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon. She says the COVID-19 pandemic required Mayo Clinic's Department of Otolaryngology to pivot quickly and require that patients be tested for COVID-19 before appointments. (Published 03/19/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Viruses can’t mutate if they can’t replicate
The COVID-19 virus mutates and replicates when people let down their guard and don't follow safety protocols, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. "I think most of us expect a major surge because of spring break travel and the relaxation of restrictions," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "And the sort of COVID fatigue that all of us feel, in one way or another." ( Published 03/24/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: A race between vaccines, the virus and variants
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is increasing across the U.S., as many states lower age requirements for those who can be vaccinated for COVID-19. By the end of March, the U.S. will have received 240 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and 173 million doses of those will have been distributed, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Our way out of this (COVID-19 pandemic) is getting a vaccine," says Dr. Poland. "But when there's misinformation and disinformation circulating about the vaccines, it scares people." Dr. Poland emphasizes the importance of relying on credible, reliable medical resources for accurate information. He also has a message for young people, who think they are too healthy to get sick with COVID-19 and that they don't need a vaccine. "Even if you don't get seriously ill, that doesn't mean you won't have long-term complications," says Dr. Poland. "It also doesn't mean that you couldn't spread it to a member of your family or somebody else." (Published 03/31/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: 2020 was a record year for solid organ transplants, even amid COVID-19 pandemic
2020 was a record year for solid organ transplants, according to the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center. Despite the COVID-19pandemic, the center performed the most solid organ transplants across its three campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, than any time in history. "All donors are tested for COVID-19," says Dr. David Douglas, chair of the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center. "Anyone who had active COVID-19 would not be used as a donor. In fact, it's important to make that point because there have been no recorded cases of COVID being transmitted from the donor to a recipient from transplantation." (Published 04/01/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Vacation travel, vaccines for teens and more COVID-19 news
If you're fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you can travel domestically and where travel is allowed internationally, according to new interim travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even with those recommendations the CDC continues to recommend not traveling unless it is essential. Regardless, the CDC strongly recommends people continue to wear a face mask, practice social distancing and sanitize their hands. Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccine research is continuing in teenagers. "The early data show equal safety in young people age 12 to 16," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "I think this is going to imply that, somewhere between this fall and Christmas, we're going to be able to offer the (COVID-19) vaccine to every age group." (Published 04/07/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: On the verge of another COVID-19 surge
As spring break travelers return home and the highly transmissible U.K. COVID-19 variant is discovered in all 50 U.S. states, the country is on the verge of a fourth COVID-19 pandemic surge. That's according to a number of health experts, including Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. However, Dr. Poland says there is some good news related to the transmission of COVID-19 on surfaces. "Wisdom resides in changing your mind and your recommendations as new data and science become available," says Dr. Poland. "What the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is doing is modifying those guidelines, saying that the risk of touching a contaminated surface and then getting infected is very low." (Published 04/14/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Don’t miss a beat with preventive heart care
For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to reassess priorities in their lives, spend more time with loved ones, and take care of some projects or personal issues that they’ve been avoiding. But some people may have been avoiding their heart health. Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says he's concerned some patients may have been ignoring symptoms, waiting six or nine months, or even a year, before going to in for a medical exam. "What's really heartbreaking is there are things we could have offered patients — medicines and interventions — things that we could have caught in an earlier time frame," says Dr. DeSimone. "We could have really impacted their quality of life and lessened their risk from dying of heart disease." (Published 04/16/2021)
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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Mayo Clinic Laboratories delivers during COVID-19
Mayo Clinic Laboratories has performed over 3 million COVID-19 tests. "In December 2019, there was a disease, and three months later, everyone in the country — and around the globe — wanted a test to see if they had the disease," says Dr. William Morice II, president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. "With COVID-19, we've learned the importance of laboratory testing and diagnostic medicine in health care, both in the U.S. and globally." Dr. Morice says professionals are needed in laboratory medicine, who understand the technology and science but also who understand the human need. "One of the strong memories for me was being in the lab late at night, and getting an email from a Native American tribal leader saying, 'We need help,'" says Dr. Morice. (Published 04/20/2021)
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“Black Fungus” in the Indian Subcontinent: Prevention and Cure
Mayo Clinic experts discussed the probable causes of the COVID-19 associated rhino-orbital mucormycosis (“black fungus”) crisis in India, as well as therapeutic strategies for COVID-19 that can help to mitigate risks. In addition to medical and surgical treatment options, the role of monoclonal antibodies in high-risk patients will be addressed. (Published 06/23/2021) 
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