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August 28 - Updates on COVID-19

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Sun shining on UCI athletic fields. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI.


UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center panel on COVID-19 part 2

Join scientists from the Stem Cell Research Center as they continue the discussion on COVID-19, the status of testing for COVID-19, current studies and trials as well as going back to school, wearing masks and public health. The event takes place Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. and registration is required.

Can kids go back to school safely?

With Orange County now off the state’s watch list for the novel coronavirus, there’s a very good chance that many kids will be back in classrooms soon. When that happens, UCI Health experts say basic safety precautions must be in place.

Researchers to examine COVID-19 impact on heart function

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant ($547,000) to UC Irvine biomedical engineers Anna Grosberg, Wendy Liu and Elliot Botvinick for their project to investigate how COVID-19 affects the heart. Although the virus primarily targets the lungs, clinicians have observed that it affects the heart’s ability to generate sufficient force to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body. The reason this happens is unclear.


Can higher education pass the covid-19 test?

In this 30-minute podcast with The Economist, recently stepped-down UC President Janet Napolitano discusses whether higher education can pass the test of COVID-19.


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. 

Mozart meets COVID-19: Finnish opera adapts classic piece

After being forced to cancel all its spring season performances due to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland’s National Opera is opening this fall with an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring a topical twist: a story line that reflects on the Nordic country’s COVID-19 pandemic experiences. The 100-minute piece “Covid fan tutte” is meant as a satirical adaptation of the Austrian composer’s classic “Cosi fan tutte.”


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Off-off-off-campus housing

Some college students will spend this semester in their childhood bedrooms. Others are taking their chances on campuses. Then, there’s a third option: rent a giant house with friends and take remote classes from a far-flung locale.

Orange County expected to receive green light for in-person learning

Just before Labor Day, Orange County is expected to receive the green light for in-person learning at all schools--if it continues to stay off the state’s watchlist.

California is preparing for potential third surge of COVID-19

Health officials and experts are preparing for a potential third wave of coronaviruscases fueled by two groups: low-wage essential workers and young people.

White House purchases 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests

The White House announced the purchase of 150 million rapid coronavirus tests. The deal is with Abbott Laboratories and is worth $750 million.

Delta has banned nearly 250 passengers

As of yesterday, Delta announced that it had banned roughly 240 people from flying with them for refusing to wear face masks.

WebEx, Google Meet or Skype? We tried them all, here’s what we found

The popular Zoom video meeting app went out this week, for many on, of all days, the first day of school, and people freaked out. With stay-at-home remote work and learning the new norm during this pandemic, what were people supposed to do? We tested other video meeting apps.


OC-COVID19.org - powered by UCI and UCI Health, a website devoted to providing timely, useful, evidence-based information about the novel coronavirus pandemic to our friends and neighbors across Orange County

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

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