UCI News

ABC7, April 14, 2020 (Video)
Coronavirus: First responders, Taco Bell and Anaheim Ducks give back to UCI Medical Center
Police and fire agencies from across Orange County held a special drive-by parade at UCI Medical Center on Tuesday to show unity and support for the medical staff. Even though the salute was from a distance, they were able to touch hearts and lift spirits for those who are working long hours to get patients healthy. Meanwhile, Taco Bell’s taco truck made a stop at the hospital to provide workers free lunch. … Next week, UCI Medical Center will get another dose of love, when the Anaheim Ducks send 200 meals a day.

The New York Times, April 14, 2020
N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count
“This is quite portentous,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. He said the revised New York figures provided “a sobering reality that confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths exceed deaths from all other causes.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2020
South Korea’s Coronavirus Test Run: How to Hold an Election
South Korea’s widespread access to testing and supplies such as hand sanitizer as well as a slowdown of new infections offer a target for U.S. elections this fall, especially if the votes are done in person, said Richard L. Hasen, an election-law expert at the University of California, Irvine. “We’re going to need a similar set up in November,” Mr. Hasen said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Orange County Register, April 14, 2020
Coronavirus: New report says Orange County cases no longer on pace to match Italy
Two researchers at UC Irvine say the number of known COVID-19 cases in Orange County has downshifted this month and that, for now, the county is no longer on pace to match the disease rate seen recently in coronavirus-ravaged Italy. Dominik Wodarz, who studies the dynamics of infectious disease, and Natalia Komarova, a math professor, said the number of cases in Orange County through Monday, April 13, indicate that social distancing and stay-at-home orders are bending the curve in the county and elsewhere in Southern California. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR, April 15, 2020
The Rich Really Are Different. They Can Shelter In Nicer Places
People with money can escape the virus more easily, said Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. It buys them social space. … Working-class people, by contrast, depend more on public transportation, where they’re at greater risk of contracting the virus. They’re less able to afford to stock up on weeks of food and supplies. And they’re more likely to have service jobs that need to be done in person. “They almost necessarily involve social contact. Who is it that’s delivering your food or driving ride-shares? It’s the people who don’t have the means to do otherwise,” Piff says.

Previously “In the News”