October 22 - Updates on COVID-19
ANTEATER TIME MACHINE
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
Students: How do you #zotpod?
Calling all Anteaters: If you live on campus, tell us what you’re doing to make your Zot Pod fun but safe, so we can share your ideas with other students. Tag us with #zotpod in your Instagram and Twitter pics.
Case count update
No new infections were reported yesterday. Keep up the healthy practices.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
UCI wins corporate responsibility award
For its positive community impact during the pandemic, UCI was honored today with the Corporate Responsibility award at the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Celebrate Resilience program. Celebrate Resilience salutes the pandemic efforts of companies, organizations and people.
- Managing Remote Workers, Tuesday, 11 a.m.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff
Theme parks might sue over ‘unachievable’ reopening rules
Disneyland, Knott’s, Universal, Legoland and other California parks say all optionsare under consideration if state officials won’t budge.
Studies point to big drop in COVID death rates
The decline was seen in all groups, including older patients and people with underlying conditions, which indicates that physicians are getting better at helping patients survive the illness.
More businesses allowed to reopen in California
All personal care services, such as hair removal and massage and tattoo parlors, are allowed to resume modified indoor operations, regardless of their county’s position within the tier system.
Stop wiping down groceries and focus on bigger risks, experts say
The virus is rarely transmitted through contact with tainted surfaces, according to experts. So people should focus on other transmission risks.
Southwest eliminating empty middle seat policy
The airline announced it will stop leaving middle seats open on Dec. 1. This marks an end to Southwest’s pandemic policy and will increase capacity for the holiday season.
Moderna enrolls participants for Phase 3 vaccine trial
All 30,000 participants have received their first shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccineas part of the company’s Phase 3 trials. Moderna says it’s on track to seek FDA approval to put the vaccine on the market in December--“if all stars align.”
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
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.
On the heels of creating the world’s first bacon-fueled motorcycle, Hormel has now introduced “breathable bacon” masks featuring “the latest in pork-scented technology.” The limited-edition face coverings are available through a drawing that ends Oct. 28. “Don’t just eat bacon. Inhale it,” the company advises.
Julia M. Bingham, associate director of career services, professional master’s programs in the Samueli School of Engineering, writes, “I’m a new employee as of last week and saw your call for things people have been doing during the pandemic. I studied Bob Ross-style wet-on-wet oil painting, got all the equipment and successfully painted my very first one!”
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