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August 17 - Updates on COVID-19

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tree trunk

Forget about Where’s Waldo. See how many faces and creatures you can find in this Aldrich Park tree trunk. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Live from Irvine, it’s Anteater Insider

Tune in Wednesday at noon for the inaugural episode of Anteater Insider LIVE. The show is a virtual forum in which UCI operations and research experts share important details about resuming campus operations and the effects of COVID-19 on life at UCI and across society. This week, Stephen Whelan, executive director of people services, and Dr. Marion J. Fedoruk of UCI Health will discuss who needs to use the COVID-19 symptom check-in app and what happens after you do. Viewers can submit questions for a live Q&A during the show. Watch via Zoom or Vimeo.


Webinar: Teen mindfulness

In this free Zoom lecture, mindfulness instructor Deidre Hughes of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute will discuss how teens can cultivate the skill of self-compassion and develop a sense of purpose and belonging. The community webinar takes place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.


Greetings from President Drake

In this two-minute video, UC’s new president, Dr. Michael V. Drake, outlines the challenges ahead and briefly discusses his approach to leading the 10-campus system.


Amid the heartbreaking loss of life and economic hardship wrought by the coronavirus, we recognize the need for stories of kindness, hope, courage and humor. 

Coronavirus humor from The New Yorker

The magazine conjures up virus-inspired fall TV shows and post-pandemic uses for your quarantine supplies.


Note: Some news organizations require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal for students, faculty and staff.

America’s favorite pizza topping getting scarce

Production snags and heavy demand for pizza are putting the squeeze on pepperonisupplies.

Instead of lockdowns, teach people to socialize safely

Rather than tell people to abstain from seeing loved ones and friends, we should help them socialize in ways that minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19, a physician urges.

Doctor explains why COVID transmission by kids is infrequent

Returning to in-person learning is scary for some teachers and parents. But UC San Francisco compiled a report that may ease concerns about virus transmission in the classroom.

Start flossing: Bleeding, swollen gums linked to severe virus cases

A new report says patients with gum disease are more likely to experience life-threatening complications if they contract COVID-19 and need to be hospitalized.

Researchers uncover likely order of COVID symptoms

According to a new study, people who contract the virus first develop a fever, followed by a cough and muscle pain, then nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

What if ‘herd immunity’ is closer than scientists thought?

Researchers are trying to figure out how many people in a community must be immune before the coronavirus fades. Some say the threshold could be 50% or lower.

California hospitalizations down for 11th straight day

On Sunday, the total number of COVID-related hospitalizations in California fell to 6,306, the lowest figure since June 30. It was the 11th straight day that hospitalizations declined. 

How much money could Pac-12 schools lose from canceled sports season

Based on 2018-19 academic year data, the Pac-12 conference, including UCLA and USC, may be forgoing about $1.3 billion in annual revenue by canceling athletic activity.

As colleges move classes online, families rebel against cost

Universities have been divided in their response, with some offering discounts but most resisting, arguing that remote learning and other virus measures are making their operations more, not less, costly at a time when higher education is already struggling.

L.A. Unified launches COVID-19 testing and tracing

LAUSD announced a coronavirus testing and contact tracing program for all students, staff and their families. If the plan unfolds as outlined, it could be one of the most detailed to date for an American school district, involving nearly 50,000 students and 75,000 staff members.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Orange County Register, Aug. 17, 2020
UC Irvine lab makes coronavirus-crippling molecule, a first step toward a new drug

Associated Press, Aug. 15, 2020
Fear, language barriers hinder immigrant contact-tracing

Associated Press, Aug. 16, 2020
New voting laws revive fights over ‘ballot harvesting’

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 14, 2020
Lawsuits over voting rules coming down to the wire

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 17, 2020
UCI’s robotics team focuses on COVID work

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 17, 2020
Startups & Innovations – R&D

KTLA5, Aug. 14, 2020
UC Irvine workshop trains residents in COVID-19 contact tracing

Mother Jones, Aug. 16, 2020
Jared Kushner’s rationale for sending his kids back to school is, at best, misleading


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UCI Coronavirus Information Hub - more information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health