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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 22


First hour: How children's immune systems could be affected by pandemic policies

Second hour: Previewing the Young Entrepreneur MarketplaceFrom lockdowns to remote learning to wearing masks in public, experts say COVID-19 policies and procedures were effective in limiting exposure to the virus. But, more than a year later, those experts say that there’s a reason to be concerned about children’s immunological development being compromised. Writing for The Conversation, viral immunologist Byram Bridle says, “Raising children during the pandemic has largely occurred in isolated/sanitized environments that are unprecedented in extent and duration. These kids are at greater risk of developing hypersensitivities and autoimmune diseases than anyone before them. The immune systems of children are not designed to develop in isolation from the microbial world, so let’s consider letting children be children again.” This hour, we’re joined by local experts who weigh in on this. They also discuss food allergies in children and what parents and educators need to know. Our guests:

  • S. Shahzad Mustafa, M.D., lead physician in the Department of Allergy, Immunology, & Rheumatology at Rochester Regional Health
  • Peter Capucilli, M.D., physician in the Department of Allergy, Immunology, & Rheumatology at Rochester Regional Health

Then in our second hour, we talk with young entrepreneurs. The Young Entrepreneur Marketplace is gearing up for its sixth event. All of the products at this “buy local” experience are made by Rochester-area kids and teens. It’s an opportunity for them to start or continue their entrepreneur journey. We talk with the young business owners and the program’s founder about their work. Our guests:

  • Julius Davis, co-CEO of Kid Drip LLC
  • Jayell Davis, co-CEO of Kid Drip LLC
  • Jair Bell, co-CEO of Kid Drip LLC
  • Silas Alvarez, CEO and creator of @Socially Silas and Silas Sauce
  • Luva Alvarez, Silas' mother
  • Matthew Wagstaff, creator of the Young Entrepreneur Marketplace
  • Jocelyn Stevenson, director of marketing for Dino-Mites
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.