Medical research reveals new information about COVID-19 daily. While scientists and medical experts focus on virus spread, new variants, improved therapeutic treatments and more, it’s sometimes difficult for the public to keep up with evolving information.
In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, helps by answering a number of common questions and addressing these COVID-19 topics:
- Antibody tests after having a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Monoclonal antibodies.
- COVID-19 variants.
- Side effects, especially after second COVID-19 vaccine.
- Vaccinating children and attending school in person.
- Whether COVID-19 vaccines an be interchanged.
- Mask-wearing recommendations.
- Appearance of long-hauler symptoms more often in women.
- Pregnant, breastfeeding mothers and the COVID-19 vaccines.
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.
Dr. Poland has served as a consultant for Merck & Co. Inc., Medicago Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Sanofi Pasteur, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., Dynavax Technologies Corp., Genentech Inc., Eli Lilly and Co., Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc., Kentucky BioProcessing Inc. and Genevant Sciences Corp. Honoraria: Elsevier.
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