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Sept. 2 - How to protect your kids; resources for second-year students

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Anteater Time Machine - Commencement June 1967

Anteater Time Machine: Commencement, June 1967. The number of graduates and spectators was just a tiny bit smaller than nowadays.

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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.

In this three-minute video, Dr. Susan Huang, director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, advises parents how to protect their children from COVID-19 at school.

Other questions?

Contact the UCI Coronavirus Response Center at covid19@uci.edu or 949-824-9918. Additional resources are listed at the end of this newsletter.


Website debuts for second-year Anteaters

To help second-year students prepare for the new academic term, UCI’s Second Year Experience website offers a clearinghouse of helpful resources and programs. It also links to a second-year student events page that also includes information on how to get a free UCI sweatshirt.

Five ways to battle vaccine hesitancy

Advice on how public health officials can combat vaccine misinformation and science denialism is outlined by Bernadette Boden-Albala, founding dean of UCI’s forthcoming School of Population and Public Health, writing in The Hill.


Largest study of masks details their effectiveness

Although previous, smaller studies in laboratories and hospitals showed that masks can curb the spread of COVID-19, the new study – a randomized experiment involving 342,000 people – demonstrates the effectiveness of surgical masks in the real world.

O.C.’s latest case and vax rates, by ZIP code

The countywide daily case rate dropped from 22.2 per 100,000 people last week to 18.6 per 100,000 this week, which would have been in the old purple tier. The test positivity rate was 6.8%, down from 8% last week, which would be in the red tier.


Return to Campus Webinar: Campus Facilities
Friday, noon (sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Management)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Plan Labor Day fun with COVID-19 precautions in mind, experts say

The Orange County Register, Sept. 2
Cited: Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine Medical Center

The draconian rise of internet shutdowns

Wired, Sept. 2
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law

How the End of the Vietnam War Led to a Refugee Crisis

History.com, Sept. 1
Cited: Long Bui, associate professor of international studies


No new campus cases

No on-campus employees or on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. 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 Health COVID-19 FAQs

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

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.