November 2 - Updates on COVID-19
In-person voting continues today and Tuesday.
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
ZotPass will help enforce COVID requirements
In coming weeks, UCI plans to issue a daily ZotPass that shows whether a student did the Daily Symptom Check and weekly COVID test. Those who aren’t following the requirements may not be able to access university resources and services. Students who currently aren’t in compliance with the weekly testing requirement should schedule an appointment by Nov. 6 through the Student Health Patient Portal.
Case count news
One employee COVID-19 case was reported since our last newsletter. UCI’s campus coronavirus testing and case dashboard can be viewed on the UCI Forward website.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
Staying level-headed amid political partisanship
Professor Peter Ditto discusses America’s polarized political climate in a new episode of the UCI Podcast. A transcript of the conversation is included.
UCI’s Kardashian spoof applauded by Ad Age
Kim Kardashian’s tweet about hosting her 40th birthday party on a private island inspired a raft of parodies. Ad Age listed “15 hilarious brand reactions,” including one recent tweet from UCI’s social media team.
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
Classic toys make a comeback during pandemic
Hot Wheels, Barbie, Tonka, Monopoly, Legos and other old-school favorites are part of a shift in toy buying habits inspired by the coronavirus.
Why is Europe again at center of virus pandemic?
The continent logged a record 1.5 million new cases last week. Experts cite a number of factors.
Failing grades up, attendance down with remote classes in L.A.
Distance learning is taking a toll on L.A. Unified’s low-income students.
Can Vitamin D help fight the coronavirus?
Researchers around the globe are investigating whether “the sunshine vitamin” can help reduce people’s risk of catching COVID-19 and even aid in treating infected patients.
COVID burden falls heavily on middle-aged men
Men account for two-thirds of deaths among middle-aged people. Underlying health problems and weaker immune systems may be factors, experts say.
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.
How to improve your kindness quotient
Author Houston Kraft explains how to develop and practice “deep kindness” in your family and community.
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