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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),

Press Room

Care tips for upper respiratory infections in children

Seasonal cases of influenza, strep throat and RSV have increased over the past few weeks, especially among children. Learn what to do if you suspect your child is sick. 

November 17, 2022
Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster available

Appointments are available in Albert Lea, Austin, Cannon Falls, Faribault, Kasson, Lake City, Lake Mills, New Richland, Owatonna, Plainview, Red Wing, Rochester, Wells and Zumbrota. 

October 11, 2022

Hometown Health Blog

Why are you coughing so much?

From a tickle in your throat to a chronic cough, you may wonder why you are coughing so much. Learn how to distinguish if your cough is a minor inconvenience or a sign of illness.

Liz Husted, M.D. By Liz Husted December 29, 2023

At-home COVID-19 tests: What to know about expiration dates, new variants

A Mayo Clinic expert shares what you need to know about expiration dates for at-home COVID-19 tests. Find out if these tests can detect new COVID-19 variants and what to do if the test is positive.

September 20, 2023

Expert answers about new COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA approved a COVID-19 vaccine that targets current variants. A Mayo Clinic expert explains who should get this vaccine and if it can be given at the same time as the annual influenza vaccine.

September 15, 2023

COVID-19 care generates gratitude, new career

A life-threatening case of COVID-19 put April Alden-O'Connor in the hospital for more than two months. Learn how it also brought insights about caring for others and her future career path.

March 2, 2023

What should you do if you have COVID-19 or flu?

Unsure if you have flu or COVID-19? Symptoms can be similar. Find out what to do, and how to self-manage symptoms and use the Check Symptoms tool.

Muhanad Mohamed, M.D. By Muhanad Mohamed January 30, 2023

Preserving pandemic positives

Throughout the pandemic, people adopted strategies that strengthened relationships, improved self-care and slowed down daily life. What are the positives worth preserving?

Jolene Hanson LICSW By Jolene Hanson January 27, 2023

Check Symptoms evaluates RSV, upper respiratory illness symptoms

Concerned you or your child may have RSV, the flu or COVID-19? Learn how an online assessment tool can quickly evaluate symptoms, determine if testing is needed and recommend next steps for care.

December 6, 2022

Don't skip your flu shot this year

Put up your best defense. It's time for your seasonal flu shot. Learn why it's more important than ever to be vaccinated.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson September 22, 2022

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

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

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

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