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August 24 - Updates on COVID-19

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Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Building

The Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Building takes shape. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Noymer: ‘Where are we now with COVID-19?’

Widely quoted public health expert Andrew Noymer, an associate professor at UCI, discusses the latest virus developments at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of UCI Alumni’s monthly Anteater Wellness series. The Zoom event also includes a Q&A session.

The future of social justice

In a new episode of the UCI Podcast, Doug Haynes, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, and a professor of history at UCI, discusses the impact of Black Lives Matter, what’s next for the movement and the UCI Black Thriving Initiative. A transcript of the interview is also posted.


Flu shot FAQs for UC employees

As a follow-up to the executive order requiring flu vaccinations for all faculty, staff and students this fall, the Office of the President has posted FAQs for employees.


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. 

Satire: What if the NBA ran the Department of Education?

Humor website McSweeney’s Internet Tendency spoofs back-to-school policies with two pieces: “Your school district’s reopening survey” and “What if the NBA ran the Department of Education.”

This 11-year-old sells lemonade to buy diapers for single moms

Virginia sixth-grader says he wants to help women struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. In the first three days, his stand raised $3,000.


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.

New thinking on lockdowns: overly blunt and costly

Blanket business shutdowns, which the U.S. didn’t use in previous pandemics, sparked a deep recession. Economists and health experts suggest a better way.

In rural California, something extraordinary: in-person classes

With few confirmed cases in the region and various safety measures in place, Northern California’s Trinity County has reopened its public schools. If an outbreak happens, “we will distance learn for 14 days, then we will come back to school, and we will do it again, and again, and again,” the superintendent said.

Have the homeless dodged a COVID catastrophe?

When the pandemic began, some experts predicted a “time bomb” of homeless deaths and disease. It hasn’t happened.

Orange County removed from state watchlist

Orange County is no longer on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. According to county and state data, it now meets the threshold for hospitalizations and testing positivity rate. Orange County was originally put on the watchlist back in June.

Plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19 patients

The FDA issued emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with blood plasma taken from patients who have recovered from the virus. Some experts say the remedy needs more study.

More important than ever to get flu shot, experts say

According to public health experts, it’s vital to get the flu shot this year. If enough Americans get vaccinated, it could reduce the chances of hospitals becoming overwhelmed with both COVID-19 and influenza patients.

SeaWorld San Diego to reopen

The aquatic theme park comes back to life Friday with orca, dolphin and sea lion stadium shows, plus a beer and food festival (but no rides or roller coasters). The limited-capacity, advance-reservation Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, will run Fridays through Sundays through Sept. 27.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

The New York Times, Aug. 22, 2020
The coronavirus generation

LAist, Aug. 24, 2020
Late deciders, late withdrawals: The headaches of predicting fall college enrollment

NBC Los Angeles, Aug. 23, 2020
Orange County off of state’s coronavirus monitoring list


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