“We’ve been holding up. I think the first wave in the Spring was a really big sort of wake up call and a practice run so to speak,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, who treats patients in the UCI Medical Center’s intensive care units. Gohil, who’s also an infectious disease doctor, said months of planning has prepared the medical center for this spike. … UC Irvine epidemiologist Daniel Parker said. “I think we need to brace ourselves from some difficult times ahead.” … In a Thursday phone interview, UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said the county is feeling the effects of Thanksgiving.