Twelve months ago, when Californians were first ordered to stay at home to curb the deadly coronavirus, UCI was already prepared to find the right treatments to beat it, to pivot to remote instruction and work, and to protect the surrounding communities.
As the novel coronavirus spread across the globe and overwhelmed healthcare systems, UCI scientists and researchers quickly rose to the challenge of investigating and combating the mysterious and sudden pandemic.
Now, as the pandemic continues into a second year with promising outcomes in sight, the Anteater community thanks and recognizes the thousands of caregivers at UCI Health and the research teams at the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, as well as the volunteers and front-line workers from all over the campus who worked tirelessly and collaboratively to save lives and guide us out of this crisis. Our renewed hope for the future is a reminder that these efforts have paid off.
UCI Podcast: Coronavirus discussion
In late January, UCI interviewed Dr. Albert Chang, Student Health Center medical director, about the novel disease that was quickly spreading around the U.S and the world.
UCI Podcast: Flattening the curve
Bernadette Boden-Albala talks about flattening the curve again by remaining dedicated to the most effective methods of preventing the spread of the virus, while also protecting our own mental health.
Physical Distancing Dos and Don’ts
Physical distancing is key to stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Here’s how you can keep your community safe!
Hand-washing with Peter
Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health, taught Peter how to wash his hands properly.
Adapting to a new normal
Despite physical distancing, we found many ways to connect and celebrate together – from livestreams of future physicians sharing their residency “matches” and undergrads receiving their bachelor’s degrees to social media art projects by students, faculty and community members.
Supporting the front line
UCI’s schools of engineering, arts, nursing and medicine came together to design and produce 5,000 face shields for front-line workers at the UCI Medical Center.
UCI alumni and friends band together
UCI alumni and community joined forces to donate millions in funds and PPE
Our work has been recognized by media outlets from all over the country. Here are some of our most impactful stories.
UCI medical students kick off supply drive to help hospital’s healthcare workers
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that Anteaters are resilient. These challenging times have drawn out our gifts and brought us closer together in unexpected ways. Here are some of our favorite stories to reflect on as we move UCI forward.