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

How well do you know COVID-19 terminology?

Months ago, who would have thought we'd be discussing the dangers of disease transmission or benefits of wearing a mask? Here's a glossary of words and phrases now part of our everyday conversations.

November 30, 2020

Masks play critical role in preventing COVID-19 spread, infection

Mayo Clinic researchers confirms the critical role of masks and physical distance in helping stop the spread of COVID-19.

November 25, 2020

Recovering from COVID-19 at home using virtual technology

John and Joanne Rohrscheib are recovering in the comfort of their home with advanced care at home, a virtual program that delivers comprehensive care to monitor patients 24/7.

November 24, 2020

5 tips for navigating changing holiday traditions

Your holiday traditions likely will be affected this year because of COVID-19 and family changes. Get 5 tips to help you enjoy the upcoming season and, perhaps, start new traditions.

Peter Reisner, M.D. By Peter Reisner November 20, 2020

Keep people at highest risk safe during COVID-19 surge

Many parts of the U.S. are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases. Some health conditions put people into a high-risk category for developing more severe COVID-19 illness. Here's how you can help.

November 19, 2020

Quarantine and isolation: What's the difference?

Preventing spread of the COVID-19 virus is key to slowing the pandemic. People who have symptoms, or who have suspected or known exposure to the virus, should practice self-quarantine or self-isolation. But what do the terms mean, and which should you do?

November 17, 2020

Community forum: Responding to COVID-19 in Northwest Wisconsin

Leaders from Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin hosted a community forum on Nov. 5, 2020, as the area continues to experience a significant surge in COVID-19 cases. Watch the video of the forum or read the summary.

November 12, 2020

Holiday shopping during COVID-19: Do's and don'ts

As the holiday season gets underway, shopping may look a lot different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what you need to look for.

November 11, 2020

Plan for COVID-19 safety during annual hunting seasons

You might want to forget about the COVID-19 pandemic and embrace hunting traditions in the same way you always have, but it's crucial to consider a different approach. These tips can help lower your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 during hunting season.

Joshua Balts, M.D. By Joshua Balts November 9, 2020

Keeping your holidays safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thanksgiving and other holidays are about spending time with loved ones. As the U.S. continues to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases, you may be wondering what steps you should take this holiday season to protect yourself and your family. Here are things to consider and plan for this year.

November 5, 2020

COVID-19 myths debunked

Chances are you've heard things about COVID-19 from social media, friends or family. As the pandemic severity increases, it may be tempting to believe these claims. Let's set the record straight.

November 3, 2020

Cleaner air: Layer of protection from COVID 19

With more time spent indoors this fall, consider air ventilation and filtration in your living area to prevent illness and reduce transmission of viruses, such as COVID-19. Learn about this additional layer of protection.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath November 2, 2020