What older adults should know about being vaccinated for COVID-19

As more COVID-19 vaccines become available in the U.S., Mayo Clinic has begun community vaccinations for older adults. Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious diseases expert, explains why it’s especially important that adults 80 and older are vaccinated for COVID-19. “The older a person gets, the higher the risk. This is likely because patients lose immunity as they get[…]

What pregnant and breastfeeding women should know about COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women are at an increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. “Compared to nonpregnant women who have the same health and age, a COVID-infected woman is about 1.3 to 1.4 times more likely to end up in the hospital when she’s pregnant,” says Dr. Regan Theiler, a Mayo Clinic obstetrician. Should pregnant and breastfeeding women be vaccinated for COVID-19? While there[…]

What’s the concern with COVID-19 variants?

Currently, three new variants of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are creating concern. They include: A variant identified in the U.K. This COVID-19 variant (B.1.1.7) has 23 mutations. Several of these mutations are in the spikelike S protein that the virus uses to attach itself to the surface of human cells. Early research suggests that this[…]

Nationwide survey finds physician satisfaction with telehealth

In late November, the COVID-19 HealthCare Coalition, comprising more than 1,000 health care organizations, technology firms and nonprofits, including Mayo Clinic, published the Telehealth Impact Physician Survey results. The survey, managed through Mayo Clinic and led by Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care and Nilay Shah, Ph.D., chair of Mayo’s Division of Health Care Policy and Research,[…]

How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted issues of obesity

Obesity increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and other health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. “One of the most prevalent conditions in this country and around the world is increased weight and obesity,” says Dr. Donald Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “Approximately 70% of Americans are either overweight or have obesity. This[…]

Safety of COVID-19 vaccines for patients with cancer and cancer survivors

As two new COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, patients with cancer and cancer survivors may wonder if it’s safe to be vaccinated. “Because cancer patients and survivors are at higher risk for severe effects from COVID-19 infection, we recommend they get vaccinated as soon as they can,” says Robert McWilliams, M.D., a medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic. “Patients who are immunosuppressed[…]

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