Travel trends and colder temperatures could mean a COVID-19 holiday surge

Nov 17, 2021 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (1)

Cold weather, increased travel, waning immunity and the potential for new variants may serve up the perfect recipe for a holiday COVID-19 surge, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group.

"I have consistently said what's very likely to happen as we get to the cooler weather and see the trends in travel is that we will have another surge," says Dr. Poland. "We're in this unusual situation where the pandemic is actually getting worse because humans don't want to believe that the pandemic is just as important now as it was a year ago."

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland answers several listener questions and talks more about being vigilant against COVID-19 as the U.S. heads into a second winter with this coronavirus. He also addresses the recent news that wild deer have shown evidence of COVID-19 infection and what that might mean in the battle to eliminate the disease.

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used. For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

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Thank you for the information you shared. I have lupus diagnosed first at age 77 . Had two Pfizer vaccines, then vaccine #3 for immunosuppressed. Some of the last one ran down the outside of my arm. No antibodies from all three from blood removal. It has been three months since the last vaccine. My doctor gave me a letter to get another vaccine . Do I have to wait any longer? All three were Pfizer. Should I get a different one.

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