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CBS2, March 30, 2020 (Video)
Coronavirus: Scientists Looking Into Immunity Testing
Experts are now looking into coronavirus immunity testing. The test would tell people whether they’ve already had the coronavirus and have developed antibodies. “The antibody test will be perhaps our most important tool as we eventually ease the lockdown,” said UC Irvine Public Health Professor Andrew Noymer. Noymer said it’s possible that flu-like illnesses people experienced in late winter may have actually been the novel coronavirus. … Dr. Philip Felgner, Director of UCI’s Vaccine Research and Development Center, gets a couple of calls a day from healthcare workers wanting to know if they are protected [by immunity] when they go into the hospital.

Orange County Business Journal, March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Products, Services Testing Trials in OC
UCI health officials said last week they have launched a therapeutic clinical trial for COVID-19. Clinicians are testing the efficacy of the antiviral drug remdesivir as a potential therapy for COVID-19. … Dr. Alpesh Amin, chairman of the UCI Department of Medicine and executive director of the UCI Health Hospitalist Program, and infectious disease specialist Lanny Hsieh, MD, are principal investigators at UCI and will oversee the randomized, placebo-controlled trial. … “It is important to know that this is for hospitalized patients with severe symptoms,” UCI said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Business Insider, April 1, 2020
The household cleaners that you should never mix at the risk of creating toxic gasses
It’s highly recommended to stick to using one household cleaner at a time per surface to avoid mixing chemicals. Vy Dong Ph.D., professor at University of California, Irvine and head of The Dong Research Group, strongly advises against combining various cleaners. “Everything is ultimately made up of chemicals, so unless you know the molecules inside the bottle and how they behave, don’t try this at home,” she says. You should be especially careful with bleach. According to chemist Alexander Lu of Dong Research Group ….

The New York Times, April 1, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Covid-19 Is Twisting 2020 Beyond All Recognition
In a paper published last week, “Partisanship, Health Behavior, and Policy Attitudes in the Early Stages of the Covid-19 Pandemic,” three political scientists, Shana Kushner Gadarian of Syracuse University, [Associate Professor] Sara Wallace Goodman of the University of California, Irvine and Thomas B. Pepinsky of Cornell, found “a broad political divide in reaction to Covid-19.” … Their conclusion? Partisanship is a more consistent predictor of behaviors, attitudes, and preferences than anything else that we measure. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, April 1, 2020
Neurosurgeon who became famous for separating conjoined twins died of covid-19. His real legacy is his humanity.
[James] Goodrich attended … Orange Coast College, and while there, a guest lecture by a University of California, Irvine professor changed the trajectory of his life. The professor, James McGaugh, a neuroscientist, became his lifelong mentor. Because of that friendship, Goodrich said, he learned to value people everywhere — to extend a hand to those who sought help, to embrace those unlike himself and help the most vulnerable. He went on to graduate from the University of California, Irvine and then earn his medical degree from Columbia University, where he also earned a doctorate of philosophy. “What’s so wonderful about his story was this was a failed kid who scratched around and started over in life,” said McGaugh, 88, in an interview this week. “He graduated at the top of his class, then came and worked with me.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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