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This week: Coronavirus variants, and a Lyme disease test

Are you confused about the difference between a viral mutation and a variant?

In this episode of "HealthLink on Air," Dr. Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy explains what's important to know about viruses and coronaviruses including the one responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the chief of infectious disease at Upstate University Hospital. The segment also explores the effectiveness of vaccines against emerging variations of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Also on the show, Dr. Kristopher Paolino tells about a study underway at Upstate that may help develop a better, faster diagnostic test for Lyme disease. Paolino goes over why a test for Lyme disease is important, and how you can participate in the Immune Sense study. Paolino is an assistant professor of medicine, and of microbiology and immunology at Upstate, and he is the principal investigator for the study.

Listen this Sunday, June 13 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.