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Expert questions changes in CDC guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control have changed their recommendations regarding the testing of those who have been in contact with people who have contracted COVID-19. "This is just nuts, frankly," offered Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The new guidelines say testing is no longer needed for those who have had contact with somebody who has tested positive for the coronavirus. Nielsen says that flies in the face of the basic scientific understanding of how the virus spreads. "We know that forty percent (of those who have contracted the virus) are asymptomatic and they can transmit the virus."

While Nielsen wonders if the move is politically motivated, she's glad that not all health authorities are following the CDC. "Now, luckily, our state and our local health departments are very clear that contacts of known positives are going to be tested."  


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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.