• By Deborah Balzer

COVID-19 resources: Stories to help with media coverage

October 4, 2020
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With the news that President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and a member of his team have tested positive for COVID-19, Mayo Clinic News Network has assembled additional resources to help bolster your COVID-19 coverage.

Here are links to recent COVID-19 stories from Mayo Clinic experts. Journalists: Video is available in the downloads at the bottom of each post.

Mayo Clinic expert discusses how contact tracing may slow the spread of COVID-19
Contact tracing is an important tool that's being used to slow the spread of COVID-19. It's the process of notifying family, friends, co-workers and other close contacts of people newly infected with a virus, such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, to let them know they may have been exposed.
Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how contact tracing works and if it's been effective to limit the spread of COVID-19.

How COVID-19 is monitored
Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, answers some questions on how someone with COVID-19 can monitor their health at home and when they should seek more care at a hospital.

Health experts concerned ‘COVID fatigue’ causing a rise in cases
Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, says he's concerned that "COVID fatigue," combined with the start of flu season and more people spending time indoors during fall and winter months, will continue a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths

Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 tracking tool provides latest local data
Mayo Clinic has introduced a tracking tool on MayoClinic.org that features the latest COVID-19 data for every county in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and Mayo Clinic insight on how to assess risk and plan accordingly.

Remote patient monitoring provides patients with comprehensive care at home
When patients are diagnosed with COVID-19, they are required to self-isolate until the infection is cleared, often for at least two weeks. Some of these patients will be at risk for complications. These patients need support at home in a comprehensive way. Learn more about Mayo Clinic's Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) team.

Can a home air purifier system protect you against COVID-19?
Proper ventilation in your living area may prevent illnesses and reduce transmission of viruses. But can portable air cleaners and purifiers fight COVID-19Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, says that they generally can.

Infectious diseases expert demonstrates proper way to wash your hands Frequent hand-washing remains the best defense against the spread of viruses, including influenza and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But to be effective, it has to be done the right way.  Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, offers a demonstration on hand-washing.

Vaccines amid the pandemic
Dr. Andrew Badley, head of Mayo Clinic's COVID Research Task Force, recently shared his expertise in this Q&A, starting with explaining the function of a vaccine. 

Do you know how to safely wear and take off a face mask?
Wearing a face mask is one important intervention to decrease the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as other respiratory viruses, such as influenzaDr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, says, like vaccines and hand-washing, masks alone aren't perfect

Why getting a flu vaccine is doubly important this season
An influenza epidemic alongside the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — it's the "twindemic" that health officials are trying to avoid. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic vaccine expert, explains why getting a flu vaccination is so important.

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: ‘COVID fatigue’ fueling a rise in cases
 Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, discusses the rising number of COVID-19 cases and how vaccine experts in science and industry are working together in unprecedented ways.

5 things to consider before participating in-person at group gatherings
For your safety and that of others, consider the following when making decisions about how to connect with others and help one another find ways to foster those connections safely.

Mayo Clinic Minute: Youth sports safety during a pandemic
Besides the obvious physical benefits, youth sports provide social interaction that also can strengthen mental health. But most sports require close contact and interaction among athletes. Amid the COVID-19 setting, this poses a dilemma. Dr. David Soma, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician who specializes in sports medicine explains.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

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