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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, March 24

Mar 24, 2020

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: What local millennials and members of Gen Z are doing to promote social distancing and help the community

Second hour: Infectious disease physicians discuss what we should know about COVID-19

Reports of young people crowding Florida beaches for spring break have been a source of frustration for doctors and political leaders who are ordering social distancing. Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the issue last week, telling young people who think they are immune, “You’re not superman and you’re not superwoman, you can get this virus and you can transfer the virus and you can wind up hurting someone who you love or hurting someone wholly inadvertently.” According to the Business Insider, millennials say they’re frustrated for being called out; they say it’s Gen Z that’s not staying inside. This hour, we talk to members of both generations about what they are doing to promote social distancing and to help community members in need. They join…from a distance. Our guests:

  • Emmarae Stein, student at Nazareth College and Connections intern
  • Kim Morse, editor and Rochester native
  • Bryce Spadafora, Rochester native

Then in our second hour, we continue our series of conversations about the impact of the coronavirus. This hour, we’re joined by two local infectious disease doctors who help us gain a better understanding COVID-19. We discuss how it’s transmitted, its symptoms, when to seek care, and questions related to immunity. We’re also joined by Nazareth College professor Tim Kneeland – an expert in studying pandemics. He discusses what we can learn about COVID-19 by studying the 1918 Spanish Flu. Our guests:

  • Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D., professor and physician of infectious diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Anja Bottler, M.D., infections disease physician at Unity Hospital
  • Tim Kneeland, chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Nazareth College