Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but some organisms under certain conditions may cause disease.

In The News

Our response to COVID-19, visitor restrictions in Northwest Wisconsin

We’re monitoring this ever changing situation, and are prepared and ready to serve your needs.

March 13, 2020

From The Blog

Spring break: Should I stay or should I go?

A year into the pandemic, many people are looking to travel for spring break. But it that recommended? Two Mayo Clinic experts weigh in.

February 19, 2021

Remote patient monitoring: Comprehensive care at home

Mayo Clinic's Remote Patient Monitoring Program provides patients diagnosed with COVID-19 comprehensive care at home. Learn how it can help quickly escalate care.

February 17, 2021

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

Bob and Joyce Wachsmuth were able to kick-start their immune systems and recover quickly at home thanks to this new treatment option for people at a higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19.

February 8, 2021

Strep throat included in COVID-19 testing

As experts continue to learn more, strep throat assessment and testing has been combined with COVID-19 when needed. Find out what's new and what to do.

February 4, 2021

Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing after COVID-19 vaccination

Some people incorrectly think that wearing a mask or continuing to practice social distancing are not necessary steps if they've been infected with or vaccinated for COVID-19. Two Mayo Clinic experts weigh in.

February 2, 2021

What parents should know about COVID-19 vaccines and children

While COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in adults, children aren't yet eligible to be vaccinated. A pediatrician answers some of the most common questions she's hearing from parents about kids and COVID-19 vaccines.

January 29, 2021

Cleaner air: Another layer of protection from COVID-19

Your lungs work hard. Having clean air helps prevent illness and reducing transmission of viruses, such as COVID-19. Here's some ideas for improving the air quality in your home.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath January 28, 2021

Monitoring COVID-19 using virtual technology

After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Carla Fast used an at-home monitoring program to send vital signs to providers, which alerted the team to send her to the hospital. Read about her journey and follow-up with video appointments after returning home.

December 22, 2020

Preparing fair, safe COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Here's how we're planning to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine now available and what you can do until it's your time to be vaccinated.

December 18, 2020

Check Symptoms tool evaluates COVID-19, strep throat symptoms

Concerned you may have COVID-19? Learn how a new online assessment tool can quickly evaluate your symptoms, determine if you need testing and recommend next steps for care.

December 14, 2020

Mirroring healthy behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Imitation is a form of flattery, and it's common to mimic gestures of people around you. Learn how that could influence your health during the pandemic and what you can do react in a helpful way.

Judy Fruehbrodt MD By Judy Fruehbrodt Glensinski December 11, 2020

New combined testing for COVID-19, strep throat

Feeling ill? Is it COVID-19 or something else? You can get answers quickly and easily with a new combined triage and testing process.

December 8, 2020