Dr. Dan Cooper of UC Irvine’s Institute for Immunology, who has been active in the university’s COVID-19 pandemic research, disputed the board’s statement that children are not at risk from the coronavirus. “That’s a falsehood, that’s incorrect,” the pediatrician told City News Service. “We’ve learned that children are at risk of COVID. Yes, it’s a milder disease, but to say they’re not at risk is a crime. It’s a lie.” … “Monday the hospitalizations were up considerably and Tuesday they were up but not by as much and now it looks like they are up more and so I’m not liking this,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention.