Researchers at UC Irvine will be among the first in the nation to test an experimental anti-viral drug as a treatment for COVID-19. … Dr. Alpesh Amin, chairman of UC Irvine’s Department of Medicine, offered words of reassurance. “I’m very confident that we will win this and get on top of this,” he said. … “When we test the patient for COVID-19, if they turn out to be positive, the patients will then get informed consent. And if they consent to be part of the trial, then we will enroll them in the trial,” Amin said.