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June 3 - Updates on COVID-19

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UCI helps handle border outbreak

UCI Health is assisting medical workers in San Diego and Imperial counties as they deal with a major COVID-19 outbreak along the Mexican border. To provide relief, UCI Health transferred several patients from El Centro Regional Medical Center, which is grappling with an unmanageable influx. According to the California Hospital Association, more than 260,000 U.S. citizens and Mexicans with U.S. residency status live in and around Mexicali and normally seek healthcare in Imperial County. Other patients have been transferred to hospitals in San Diego, Riverside, Orange County, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

An uptick in virus cases at UCIMC

Since last week, UCI Health has seen an increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. On Tuesday, the caseload topped 30 for the first time since the pandemic began. But UCI Health anticipated additional COVID admissions and has a dedicated and talented team leading its surge preparedness efforts.


What’s next: The future of retail

In the first of a series of articles on how the pandemic may reshape the future, Eric Spangenberg, dean of the Paul Merage School of Business, talks with UCI News about how the shopping landscape could change.


How to stay happy amid virus woes – June 5

The School of Social Ecology continues its Parkside Chats with an installment on Compassion Fatigue. The discussion explores how to stay happy when overloaded with sadness about people losing jobs, homes and businesses during the pandemic. The chat features Dean Nancy Guerra and Associate Dean Richard Matthew, associate professor of urban planning and public policy, and director of the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation. Registration is required.

Leveraging remote work during the pandemic – June 24

In this free webinar from UCI’s Division of Continuing Education, instructor Mark Atkinson describes the Remote First organizational model and various aspects of working remotely and managing remote teams. The session will be held June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. For information and registration, click here.


U.S. hopes to have 100 million vaccine doses by end of year

Yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said 100 million doses of one coronavirus vaccine candidate should be ready by the end of 2020. By the beginning of 2021, the hope is to have a couple hundred million. Read more here.

It’s not whether you were exposed to the virus. It’s how much.

Scientists examine how much virus is needed for an infection to take root. Even the shape of a person’s nostrils can have an effect.

Research on distancing, masks and eye protection

A Lancet analysis of 172 studies said 1 meter of physical distancing produced a large reduction in coronavirus infection, and 2 meters might be more effective. The data also suggested that face masks guard both health workers and the general public against infection and that eye protection could confer additional benefit.

USC plans to resume in-person classes this fall

Classes at USC will start a week earlier, on Aug. 17, and end by Thanksgiving break to minimize the spread of coronavirus as flu season begins. There will be modifications on campus, such as wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing. All classes will also be offered online.

OC officials push to reopen community pools, youth sports

Orange County officials are eager to reopen community pools and potentially youth sports, like soccer, and plan to send a letter asking for state approval.

Top medical journals raise flags about two COVID-19 studies

Data flaws may have incorrectly boosted the case for two heart drugs and discounted support for an anti-malaria drug.

Pac-12 will require weekly testing of athletes for virus

All student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 and undergo antibody testing before participating in voluntary workouts this month.

Americans are delaying medical care, and it’s devastating hospitals

Even in parts of the nation that haven’t been hit hard by the virus, hospitals are at risk of bankruptcy.

NASA and Fitbit design ventilators to help COVID-19 patients

NASA and Fitbit received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ventilators designed to help COVID-19 patients. Read more here.

Universal Studios and Magic Mountain hope to reopen soon

Universal Studios in Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain want to reopen by July 1. Both parks presented plans for reopening to the Economic Resiliency Task Force of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday.

Obesity could mean higher risk of severe COVID-19 in kids

In a study released today, researchers found that among a group of children in New York who were hospitalized with COVID-19, 22% had obesity.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Yahoo News, June 2, 2020
On coronavirus vaccine, don’t hold your breath, experts say

Verywell, June 1, 2020
Gyms are reopening, but is it safe to go back?

Modem World, June 2, 2020
Tom Boellstorff: Teaching digital culture in second life

Orange County Register, June 2, 2020
Sandra Tsing Loh returns with new ‘Madwoman’ tale

Forbes, June 3, 2020
The key to starting a new career in the age of the coronovarius

News 18 (PTI), June 3, 2020
Shorter, stricter lockdowns to contain Covid-19 may be better for economy: Study

Rams Wire, June 3, 2020
Rams can’t hold training camp at UC Irvine this year

EdTech, June 3, 2020
COVID is not stopping Esports


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