'; Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 virus, variants and vaccines update – Dr Fundile Nyati

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 virus, variants and vaccines update

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 virus, variants and vaccines update
an elderly man, perhaps Asian, wearing a mask and sitting in a wheelchair near a window with a health care worker, a female nurse perhaps Asian or Latina, wearing COVID-19 PPE

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, says there’s some good news. “Case numbers are falling, masking and distancing do work, and we can control this if we do it right.”

However, the not so good news is that variants are showing up in over 30 countries and are reportedly more transmissible. There also seems to be a reduction in vaccine efficacy against the new variants.

“This is a desperate race between vaccine and virus, between time and opportunity, and we dare not lose that opportunity,” emphasizes Dr. Poland.

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland discusses how COVID-19 viruses mutate into new variants. He also discusses recent COVID-19 research conducted by the NFL, plus, he touches on the future of individualized vaccines. “I can see the development of a coronavirus vaccine against multiple types of coronavirus, including the one that causes the common cold, and very likely combine that with the influenza vaccine.”


Watch: Dr. Poland discusses the COVID-19 variants and vaccines.

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For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was either recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in a nonpatient care area where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

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.

Learn more about: tracking COVID-19 and COVID-19 trends.

Feb. 1, 2021- Mayo Clinic COVID-19 trending map using red color tones for hot spots

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