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February 10 - Updates on COVID-19

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No. None of the developed COVID-19 vaccines contain a live virus. This means the vaccine cannot give you or anyone else COVID-19. #ThisIsOurShot #UCIForward

TODAY'S CAMPUS UPDATES

New campus cases*

Two students and one employee reported testing positive for coronavirus yesterday. There are currently 25 active cases.

UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS

Business prof explains how to win over vaccine skeptics

Imran Currim, UCI Distinguished Professor of business and director of The Paul Merage School of Business’ Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is co-author of an article that offers three recommendations for harnessing the power of influencers, celebrities and the fear of missing out to speed acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

Facebook plans to remove posts with false vaccine claims

Facebook said that it plans to remove posts with erroneous claims about vaccines from across its platform, including taking down assertions that vaccines cause autism or that it is safer for people to contract the coronavirus than to receive the vaccinations.

Pfizer expects to cut vaccine production time by close to 50%

Pfizer expects to nearly cut in half the amount of time it takes to produce a batch of COVID-19 vaccine from 110 days to an average of 60 as it makes the process more efficient and production is built out.

People with dementia are twice as likely to get COVID, study says

People with dementia have significantly greater risk of contracting the coronavirus, and are much more likely to be hospitalized and die from it, than people without dementia do, a new study of millions of medical records in the United States has found.

Deal to reopen California schools could be reached this week

A major sticking point in negotiations has been teacher union calls for educators to be vaccinated before stepping foot back in the classroom. The governor says the state is prioritizing teachers in upcoming Phase 1b vaccinations.

Guidance coming for people who have been fully vaccinated, Fauci says

There is no CDC guidance on what to do when groups of people who have received both vaccine doses want to get together. Current CDC advice is to keep wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet from others when possible. “But I believe that’s going to change,” Fauci said. “We’re talking about this at the level of the CDC.”

Pet dogs and cats can get COVID tested in Seoul, South Korea

South Korea’s capital says it will give pet dogs and cats free COVID-19 tests if they come into contact with infected humans and show symptoms.

California has most U.S. COVID deaths

California has averaged 433 daily deaths over the past week. On Tuesday, it became the state with the largest total toll, surpassing New York. In the depersonalized math of the pandemic, there are two ways to view the ravages of the virus in California. As America’s most populous state, it has by far the most cases in the country – more than 3.4 million – and now the most deaths. But when adjusted for its large population, California has a lower death rate than 31 states and Washington, D.C.

Man tests positive for COVID after getting vaccine dose

A California man has contracted coronavirus after being fully immunized with the Pfizer vaccine. Health experts warn this could become more common with the variants that have emerged in the pandemic.

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.

Lawyer, trapped by cat filter on Zoom call, informs judge he is not a cat

Coronavirus has been responsible for a series of video call stumbles and mishaps, and the phenomenon seemingly reached its zenith this week, when a Texas lawyer appeared before a judge as a cat, after being unable to change a video filter.

In an anxious winter, the garden still offers consolation

In those frightening early days of COVID-19, victory gardens and household vegetable plots sprang up all over. Seed companies reported shortages. Hardware stores saw a run on garden tools. Millions found comfort, release and a sense of safety outdoors with their hands in the dirt. Even in winter, it can provide solace, inspiration and perspective. Fresh air. And an assurance that spring is coming.

#UCIconnected

If you have a shoutout, or if you’d like to share what you’ve been up to during the pandemic, send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering, etc., to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.

EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION

* Potential workplace exposure: UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.