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Aug. 17 - Updated COVID-19 FAQs, men’s water polo schedule announced

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Midsummer greenery, Engineering Gateway

Midsummer greenery, Engineering Gateway. Photo by Ian Parker

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Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is fielded by the Campus Recovery Implementation Team:

Under UCI’s face-covering policy, everyone must wear a mask indoors unless they’re alone in an enclosed office. If I work in a cubicle and surround it with plexiglass, can I take off my mask?

No. Because plexiglass barriers don’t extend to the ceiling (or to the ground at the entrance to a cubicle), and therefore don’t create an enclosed space. So you’ll still be required to wear a face covering.

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Health infectious disease experts answer questions people have asked about the vaccines.


COVID-19 | Get the facts: Dr. Carol Major on how to protect kids

In this short video Dr. Carol Major, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at UCI Health, explains that the best way to keep children safe is for their parents and other adults in their lives to get vaccinated.

College is four years - let’s give students the full time

In the newest installment of #Dennininsights, Vice Provost Michael Dennin pontificates on the traditional four-year college experience for students, and the structures in place to support that learning trajectory.

Men’s water polo announces 2021 schedule

The UCI men's water polo team can't wait to jump back in the pool after not playing a regular season game since 2019. The Anteaters will host eight regular season games and the 2021 Golden Coast Conference Championships at Anteater Aquatics Center. The season will begin at home with a doubleheader on Sept. 4 against Chapman at 10 a.m. and Redlands at 3:30 p.m.

Immigrant rights – and wrongs – on artistic display

A UCI doctoral student in anthropology explores the experiences of undocumented people and exposes their mistreatment in the art exhibit “Detention Nation.” When the pandemic hit, “Detention Nation” went virtual – although a physical installation was recently shown at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. The virtual project consists of video, audio, photos and detainee letters. DetentionNation.com includes animated images or performance GIFs created by an ensemble of actors inspired by the physical installation.


Miss the Olympics? Catch UC highlights 

Some of the most memorable performances came from UC athletes, who brought home 37 medals (17 gold, 12 silver and eight bronze). They stepped up in tricky spots, maintained their composure in the limelight and demonstrated irrepressible drive to compete at the highest level. Here are a few of their stories.

Don't like shots? You are not alone

One in four adults has a fear of needles. The good news is there are simple, proven strategies that can help. Make a plan. Action is the enemy of anxiety! Explore the strategies that could reduce your stress when getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

US likely to authorize more COVID booster shots

As early as this week, U.S. health authorities are expected to recommend an extra dose of the vaccine for all Americans eight months after they get their second shot. The move is being driven by both the highly contagious variant and preliminary evidence that the vaccine’s protective effect starts dropping within months. Booster shots would only begin to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines. Last week, U.S. health officials recommended boosters for some people with weakened immune systems.


CDC Committee Approves Third Covid-19 Shot For Immunocompromised People—Here’s Who Should Get One

Forbes, Aug. 13
Cited: Jonathan Watanabe, professor of clinical pharmacy, associate dean of pharmacy

Who should get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot? About 2.7M immunocompromised Americans, CDC says

USA Today, Aug. 13
Cited: Philip Felgner, professor, director of Vaccine Research and Development Center

Wildfire smoke could raise risk of severe Covid and death, study finds

NBC News, Aug. 13
Cited: Michael Kleinman, co-director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory and adjunct professor of environmental & occupational health


No new campus cases

No new campus cases were reported Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

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

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19