UCI News

BBC World Service, April 9, 2020 (Audio)
How will economies re-open after Covid-19?
How do we reopen our economies without putting more lives at risk? We ask Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California Irvine. “The restrictions should be eased very cautiously and in consultation with the best epidemiological evidence.” … “There could and almost certainly will be a second peak if we ease the so called lock-down before it’s time to do so.” [Starts at 4:18]

Quartz, April 9, 2020
Doctors fighting coronavirus face a ventilator Catch-22
But after insertion, intubation is better at preventing the spread of coronavirus in the air than a tube or mask that doesn’t isolate the patient’s respiratory system. “We don’t want to give them high-flow oxygen because when you cough against that jet, the chances you are going to spill [the virus] further is a big problem,” says Dr. Govind Rajan, the director of clinical services at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center. … In this environment, ventilators can start looking like a more attractive option.  … Rajan is part of a group of doctors who have developed a design for one of those simple ventilators.

Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2020
Online COVID-19 diaries are helping people cope. They’re also a research gold mine
Sean Young, an associate professor at UCLA and UC Irvine who studies digital behavior and prediction technology, said such social media sharing is to be expected during a health crisis like this, especially when there’s distrust of leaders and the healthcare system. … The daily documentations aren’t just useful to social media users. Young said researchers have been mining the internet for data like [Jason] Kirin’s digital journals for various research projects that are helping healthcare workers tackle the coronavirus crisis. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, April 8, 2020 (Commentary)
Commentary: Release nonviolent juvenile offenders from custody to protect them from COVID-19
Elizabeth Cauffman, a Psychological Science professor at UC Irvine and Laurence Steinberg, writes “Under the best of circumstances, the widespread detention of nonviolent juvenile offenders is bad public policy that in the long run makes our communities more, not less, dangerous. But in the throes of a global pandemic, the unnecessary confinement of these youth in settings where they are likely to be exposed to COVID-19 compounds the public safety risk by exacerbating the spread of the virus.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NBC Nightly News, April 8, 2020 (Video)
A roadside attraction
John Plocher’s wife Leisa is at UCI Medical Center undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.  He can’t see her right now but still wants to show his sign of support—on the side of the road. John brings love messages on poster boards where Leisa can see him from the window. [Starts 19:40]

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