At-home Covid-19 test Q&A: Infectious disease experts answer your questions

Published January 20, 2022

A WBFO-FM story on Catholic Charities’ 2022 appeal mentioned Nancy Neilsen, senior associate dean for health policy in the Jacobs School, as a co-chair of this year’s campaign. Neilson was also quoted in a WKBW-TV report about a new CDC study that revealed who was most protected from the delta variant of COVID-19. “This is interesting information. It’s not earth shattering. We have moved beyond the time when we could really rely on these results because omicron is here and this study ended before omicron became prevalent,” said Neilsen, who also spoke with WIVB-TV about when people should use their free at-home COVID-19 tests, available recently through a federal program. “There are three situations that are pretty clear,” she said. “One: If you have symptoms that you have COVID-19 and you have a test available, take it. Two: If you are exposed to somebody. But, the timing is important. It should be five days after you’ve encountered that positive person. Don’t do it the next day. And three: If you’re going to be around a lot of people indoors or even with a few people. Although they may all be vaccinated, you want to be sure that you’re safe to go to this gathering. ”