Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 news update

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As the U.S. moves beyond the omicron surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, key indicators are dropping.

“Both the acute indicators — number of cases — and the lagging indicators — hospitalizations and then deaths — are all dropping slowly, but they’re surely dropping,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group.

Experts warn that caution is still needed to protect yourself in certain situations, including masking in crowded indoor settings and making sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

While the latest surge wanes, COVID-19 research continues.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland discusses the latest COVID-19 news, including a new study on the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the heart and why Pfizer is delaying the request for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5.