UCI News

The Orange County Register, Dec. 21, 2021
At least some UC schools will go remote for 2 weeks after holidays
Spread of the Omicron variant “is predicted to be especially intense toward the end of December and early January,” UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a letter to his campus community announcing the remote learning period. Classes at the Irvine campus, as well as UC Riverside and UC San Diego, will be virtual Jan. 3 through 14. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Hill, Dec. 21, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Take a slice out of civic health this holiday season
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, UCI director and founding dean of the program in public health writes, “Health shouldn’t be something that individuals choose to “opt-out” of depending on their personal views. Let’s boldly opt-in. Supporting science and the scientific process is an element of civic engagement. … As we gather with friends and family for the holidays, say that you are grateful for the science that gave us a powerful vaccine and continues to save many lives. … I want to motivate everyone … to participate in the best interests of their community by building a culture of health engagement.”

The Washington Post, Dec. 21, 2021
You’re vaccinated and boosted. How should omicron affect your plans?
The vaccinated and boosted should be balancing risk and reward, said Andrew Noymer, associate professor [of public health] at the University of California, Irvine. Ask yourself: Does the enjoyment you’ll get out of a concert, for example, make the chance of infection worth it? Noymer said at this point, he feels comfortable continuing to eat at restaurants. “I would probably be willing to return to only eating at home if the situation calls for it. Before the winter is over, there may be a 4-6 week period I eschew dining out,” he said, but he’s not there yet. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

USA Today, Dec. 22, 2021
Has COVID destroyed our attention spans?
“Even prior to the pandemic, there were conflicting ideas concerning whether our attention spans are actually decreasing or not,” says Keiland Cooper, [graduate student in neurobiology and behavior], at the University of California, Irvine. … Cooper says our attention spans aren’t even the main issue here – but the sheer volume of content with which we’re presented. “More likely is that we have more stress, new demands and are information-overloaded,” Cooper says.

The Mirror, Dec. 17, 2021
Covid booster jab aftercare: Can you drink alcohol and exercise after vaccine?
Ilhem Messaoudi, [professor of medicine and] director of the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, Irvine said: “If you are truly a moderate drinker, then there’s no risk of having a drink around the time of your vaccine. “But be very cognizant of what moderate drinking really means. It’s dangerous to drink large amounts of alcohol because the effects on all biological systems, including the immune system, are pretty severe and they occur pretty quickly after you get out of that moderate zone.”

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