Items Tagged ‘covid-19’

August 4, 2020

COVID-19 “Live” Virus Research In a Specialized Lab

By Sara Tiner Sara Tiner (@saratiner)

To solve the challenges presented by COVID-19, it’s important to look to the past. History shows that collaboration is the way forward when uncovering secrets of an emerging virus. It is vital for many reasons, a key one being safety. Only a few labs can safely handle a “live,” meaning infectious, sample. No one knows […]

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July 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 research news

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Dana Sparks Contact tracing and COVID-19: What is it and how does it work? I’ve heard about contact tracing being done during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is it and how does it work? Answer: Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In communities using […]

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July 6, 2020

Mayo Clinic expert answers COVID-19 questions — from school safety to vaccines to new flu virus concerns

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Dana Sparks As COVID-19 continues to cause concern and consume people’s lives across the globe, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, offers some insights and answers on the status of the pandemic. Scientists around the world are working feverishly on vaccines, what’s the status of vaccine research? The U.S. Food […]

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June 29, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 modeling for patients, communities

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Elizabeth Zimmermann| Discovery’s Edge Building predictions based on a set of variables, an effort called modeling, has gotten a lot of airtime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding both the virus and the disease, including how it spreads and its impacts on population health, guides advice to the public on how to stay safe. At […]

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June 12, 2020

Who should get COVID-19 testing?

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a clinical microbiologist at Mayo Clinic, acknowledges that there seems to be a lot of confusion with the general public when it comes to COVID-19 testing. Terms like viral, molecular, serology and antibodies, and convalescent plasma have sprung up in everyday language when talking about COVID-19 — but do you really need to know […]

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June 12, 2020

Mayo Clinic launches neutralizing antibody test to advance COVID-19 therapies

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

By Ginger Plumbo A new COVID-19 antibody test developed by researchers in Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory explores whether people gain immunity after being infected, and can fight off the novel virus if it comes back.  The new SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody test supports the national Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma and […]

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June 8, 2020

Unanswered Questions Drive Convalescent Plasma Research

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Sara Tiner On Saturday, March 14, in southwest Wisconsin, a woman was working in her yard, raking and clearing the first spring weeds. She coughed a bit during the day, and felt some achiness in her lower back, some fatigue. It was in the high 30s that day, but she was warm when she […]

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May 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 research news

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Early indicators: Investigational convalescent plasma is safe for patients with COVID-19 Mayo Clinic and collaborators have reported safety data on the first 5,000 hospitalized patients transfused with investigational convalescent plasma as part of the Food and Drug Administration’s national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for COVID-19. The early indicators suggest experimental convalescent plasma is safe in treating severely ill […]

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April 13, 2020

Mayo Clinic researchers provide updates, advice on COVID-19 pandemic

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Mayo Clinic News Network Mayo Clinic doctors, researchers and staff are doing extraordinary work in the response against the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the latest update: 100 days of COVID-19: Mayo Clinic expert discusses how far we’ve come and what lies ahead It has been 100 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified about […]

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April 8, 2020

Mayo Clinic experts offer advise and tips on coping with COVID-19

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Mayo Clinic News Network Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers are providing daily updates and information to help keep people healthy and safe.  Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cardiac risks of off-label drugs to treat COVID-19 A study published recently in Mayo Clinic Proceedings details information about potential cardiac side effects when using off-label drugs to treat COVID-19. Off-label means […]

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