• By Jennifer O'Hara

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: New cases of COVID-19 continue downward trend

March 2, 2022
a young white, perhaps college aged man, wearing a back pack and a face mask, in an airport looking like he's ready to travel and watching an airplane out a window.

New cases of COVID-19 are down 90% from the peak, with under 75,000 new cases reported last week across the U.S.

"What we're observing is a pretty dramatic suppression of cases," explains Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This is good news, but we need to be cautious."

Dr. Poland warns that there are still people who are vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, including people who are immunocompromised; children under 5 who cannot yet be protected by COVID-19 vaccination; and the more than 30% of the U.S. population that is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 tracking tool data.

"'I'm as weary of COVID-19 as everybody else," says Dr. Poland. "But we still need to take this seriously."

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland discusses the latest COVID-19 news, including new COVID-19 vaccines coming for approval; the latest on long COVID; and his recent commentary with his colleague, Dr. Richard Kennedy, a Mayo Clinic internist, on the need for more research infrastructure and research funding in order to maintain public confidence in vaccines.

Watch: Dr. Poland discusses COVID-19.

Read the full transcript.

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Research disclosures for Dr. Gregory Poland.

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