Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Listener mailbag — COVID-19 questions answered



By Jennifer O’Hara

Each week, the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast shares the latest information on COVID-19. On today’s episode, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, answers listeners’ coronavirus questions.

Dr. Poland discusses the mu variant, understanding breakthrough infections and the importance of flu vaccinations this fall.

“The symptoms of COVID-19 and the symptoms of influenza overlap so much that it can be hard to distinguish one from another,” says Dr. Poland.

What can the public do to protect themselves this flu season?

“Everybody aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. And as we’ve talked about, get a COVID-19 vaccine whenever you are eligible, and wear a mask indoors in public.”

Watch: Dr. Poland discuss COVID-19.

Read the full transcript.