Aug. 30 - City enlists UCI researchers; faculty questions answered
Ready for selfies, a wall by Engineering Hall. Photo by Ian Parker
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.
In this one-minute video, Dr. Susan Huang, director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, discusses what it might take, beyond the full FDA approval that Pfizer just received, for some vaccine-hesitant people to feel safe getting the shots.
Answers to faculty questions about fall instruction
What support systems are available to students with an exception to attend class remotely? Is it possible to find out if students are unvaccinated? These and other questions are addressed on UCI’s fall quarter resources website. Faculty also have flexibility in determining what in-person instruction entails.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Santa Ana gives UCI $700K to tackle health inequities
Researchers from the Program in Public Health and the School of Medicine have received $700,000 from the City of Santa Ana to address inequities and gaps in health services among vulnerable groups.
Long COVID: ‘People are suffering and losing hope’
Two associate nursing professors are part of a nationwide study on long-term COVID-19 symptoms. “We are learning a lot from patient stories, including what is helping them,” says Melissa D. Pinto.
Tick tock: Vaccination proof due Sept. 6
The deadline to upload your vaccination verification or submit an exception or deferral request is now just one week away. Those who don’t comply will be subject to escalating disciplinary measures.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
COVID cases rise for kids, but parents should relax, experts say
UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer and other UC experts say hospitalizations and deaths are low and there’s little cause to worry at this time. Pediatrics chair Dr. Coleen K. Cunningham adds, ”Parents can help by supporting masks in schools and other indoor facilities, encouraging their children to wear masks correctly at all times, and seeking medical care and testing if the child does develop symptoms.”
UCI IN THE NEWS
Hula Hoop: Is It Good Exercise?
U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 27
Cited: James W. Hicks, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology
History taught the Fed a lesson. Will that be enough?
CNN, Aug. 27
Cited: Gary Richardson, economics professor
YouTube’s Plan to Showcase Credible Health Information Is Flawed, Experts Warn
Scientific American, Aug. 27
Cited: Sven Bernecker, philosophy professor
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
One new campus case over weekend
One on-campus employee and no on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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 email@example.com or via phone at (949) 824-9918
Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (949) 824-2300
Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19
For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.