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COVID-19

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. The new strain is called COVID-19 acute respiratory disease (novel coronavirus),

In The News

Psychologist provides tips for coping with the 'COVID limbo' and 'panger'

Research has shown an increase in frustration, agitation and anger throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemic anger, or "panger," is a real mental health concern many people are deali...

June 14, 2022
COVID-19 testing to change in Northwest Wisconsin

Dedicated testing locations in Eau Claire, Barron and Menomonie will be discontinued.

April 29, 2022
Second COVID-19 booster available

Mayo Clinic will begin offering the second COVID-19 booster vaccination to all eligible patients beginning the week of Monday, April 11.

April 6, 2022
'COVID-19: What's New and What's Next' community forum

What does it mean to move from pandemic to endemic, and is society there yet? Get the latest COVID-19 information and learn what life will be like following the pandemic.

March 15, 2022
COVID-19 testing site to close, normal hospital visiting hours to resume

The last day for the COVID-19 testing site in La Crosse is March 7. Visitors will be welcome from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. at the La Crosse and Sparta hospitals beginning March 8.

March 3, 2022
COVID-19 testing declines in Southwest Wisconsin

The number of COVID-19 tests performed in La Crosse dropped nearly 50% from record levels in January.

February 8, 2022
COVID-19 testing volume increase expected

La Crosse testing doubled on Monday, Dec. 27. Getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in public are key to reducing infection rates.

December 28, 2021
COVID-19 therapy milestone reached

This week marks a milestone, as Mayo Clinic Health System infused its 10,000th patient with monoclonal antibodies.

December 20, 2021
COVID-19 booster vaccinations available for ages 16 and 17

The booster dose will further protect teenagers and others against COVID-19 infection.

December 10, 2021
Southwest Wisconsin COVID-19, flu vaccination

Learn about testing volumes, and how to schedule a COVID-19 and flu vaccination, or COVID-19 test.

December 7, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations now available at mobile health clinic

Mayo Clinic Health System's mobile health clinic is now providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone ages 12 and older.

November 22, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination plan for children

Mayo Clinic is preparing to vaccinate children 5‒11 for COVID-19 beginning Friday, Nov. 5.

November 3, 2021

From The Blog

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COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers

FDA advisers voted unanimously to recommend emergency-use authorization for Moderna and Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines for young children. A Mayo Clinic expert shares what this means for parents.

June 22, 2022
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COVID-19 booster vaccinations extended to kids 5–11

Vaccination continues to be a safe, effective way to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations from COVID-19. Here's what parents of children ages 5–11 need to know.

May 24, 2022
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What to know about FDA limits on use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine

Because of an elevated, but low, risk of blood clots associated with the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA has limited its use. A Mayo Clinic expert explains what the latest recommendation means for you.

May 10, 2022
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Second COVID-19 booster for those 50 and older, immunocompromised

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded eligibility for a second COVID-19 booster. Get the details with this Q&A.

April 8, 2022
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Dealing with 'brain fog' from long COVID-19

One symptom of post-COVID syndrome is described as "brain fog." Learn what you can do if you have short-term memory loss, confusion and difficulty concentrating after a COVID-19 infection.

March 29, 2022
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Endemic vs. epidemic vs. pandemic: What you need to know

The drop in COVID-19 cases may lead you to think the pandemic is ending. While stats are headed in the right direction, an infectious diseases expert explains why it's too early to say it's over.

March 10, 2022
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Updated COVID-19 vaccine recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued interim recommendations for a shortened interval to the booster, or fourth, dose of mRNA vaccines for immunocompromised people among other updates. Get the details.

February 15, 2022
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COVID-19 considerations for your winter travel getaway

If you're planning a winter vacation, you'll need to know how the COVID-19 pandemic affects your plans. Follow these guidelines to safely enjoy your time away.

February 10, 2022
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Helping kids struggling with the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic

Children are once again facing disruption to daily routines due to COVID-19 cases surging. Get advice on how to support kids having difficulty coping with the changes.

February 4, 2022
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Omicron BA.2 subvariant: What Mayo Clinic COVID-19 experts know

Scientists are tracking the rise in cases of omicron BA.2, which they say is even more contagious than the original omicron variant.

February 3, 2022
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How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting kids

A common misconception is that the effect of COVID-19 on kids is minimal. Learn how the pandemic really affects children physically and mentally.

January 27, 2022
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What to do after your COVID-19 test

The high demand for COVID-19 tests continues, along with questions about the various types of tests and what to do if you test positive or negative. Get the details.

January 24, 2022