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Well + Good, April 14, 2022
‘I’m an Epidemiologist—Here’s What You Should Know About the Omicron BA.2 Variant’
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, answers all your FAQs about the Omicron BA.2 variant, including how its symptoms differ from classic Omicron and how worried you should be.

Verywell, April 14, 2022
Should the CDC Change Its Close Contact Definition?
Whether or not the definition changes should be based on what we understand about how COVID-19 is transmitted, particularly with new variants that are more infectious, David Souleles, MPH, director of the COVID-19 Response Team at the University of California, Irvine, told Verywell in an email. “If there were to be a change, I think it should be based on a thorough review of epidemiological data and studies accumulated over the course of the pandemic,” he said.

Healthline, April 13, 2022
These Healthy Actions May Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
“It is important to incorporate green leafy vegetables, whole grains, berries, fish, and nuts while cutting down on red meat to improve brain health,” Hayley B Kristinsson, PsyD, a neuropsychologist at UCI Health, told Healthline. However, Kristinsson emphasized that reducing risk doesn’t necessarily mean preventing AD altogether. “You can reduce your risk but still develop AD,” she said. “But you may develop it later in life or be less likely to develop it with certain lifestyle modifications.”

Reader’s Digest, April 14, 2022
What is a No-Fly Zone? And How Would It Change the War in Ukraine?
“Assuming aerial domination is achieved—a big ‘if,’ in this case—next comes the phase of maintaining the no-fly zone,” says Daniel Brunstetter, PhD, [associate] professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. “If a Russian plane or drone flew into the area, NATO would have to decide whether or not to engage and destroy it. There is, in other words, a continued risk of violence, including the risk of NATO pilots being shot down.”

Cosmos Magazine, April 13, 2022
Changing climate changing diseases
“We underestimated fungi,” says Oladele Ogunseitan, professor of [public health] at the University of California, Irvine. “We focus on viruses and bacteria or COVID-19 and the plague. But there are many fungi that are potentially dangerous, they form spores that can last. They also can spread very quickly. So those are warning signs and red flags for pathogens.

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