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This week: Delta surge, type 2 diabetes complications, unvaccinated students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people wear face masks throughout most of New York state, and 100 or more new cases of COVID-19 are being diagnosed each day in Onondaga County. Despite the availability of vaccines that can protect against severe disease, the coronavirus is still spreading.

Two public health experts in this episode of "HealthLink on Air" explain that the central New York community remains in the midst of a pandemic. Answering urgent questions are Telisa Stewart, an associate professor in Upstate’s department of public health and preventive medicine, and Christopher Morley, professor and chair of that department.

Also on the show is Dr. Jana Shaw, who specializes in pediatric infectious disease. She will discuss how parents can send their unvaccinated young students back to school — safely.

And Dr. Ruth Weinstock tells about a national clinical study that included patients and investigators from Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. The study found that people with type 2 diabetes diagnosed as youths have a high risk of developing complications at early ages and a greater chance of developing multiple complications within 15 years after diagnosis. Weinstock was the principal investigator for the Joslin site. She is also a distinguished service professor of medicine and the division chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Upstate — and the 2021 president for medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association.

Listen this Sunday, August 22 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.

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