UCI News

ABC7, April 17, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine students developing app to trace path, keep track of COVID-19 exposure checkpoints
An app that has the potential to trace the path of COVID-19, while also maintaining the identity of the individuals who use it, is in the works at the University of California, Irvine. Instead of focusing on who contracts it, the app records that various places the virus itself presents itself, said junior specialist Tyler Ysaka, one of the co-creators of TrackCOVID. … “I tried to think about a design where you really don’t keep up with the people as much as possible. You just keep up with the paths that the virus could take,” Yasaka said.

The New York Times, April 17, 2020
Why We Don’t Know the True Death Rate for Covid-19
“Everyone in the whole country is vulnerable to this,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “Nobody has pre-immunity. That’s totally unlike flu. So New York had some early cases, it spread like crazy. But why is Des Moines not going to have a Covid epidemic? What’s so special about Springfield, Ill.? Social distancing will end. And people will start getting it again and dying.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Becker’s Health IT, April 17, 2020
The difference-makers during the surge: 6 CIOs on top priorities and key advice amid COVID-19
Tom Andriola. Vice Chancellor of IT and Data at UC Irvine: Our top priorities are planning for the expansion and resiliency of services during the pandemic; keeping our employees safe; contributing our deep clinical expertise toward research and clinical trials around the virus. … Key advice: I think people need to have access to as much information as possible in times like these. … They look to leadership and inherently trust that the information they’re getting from us is both timely and accurate. We can’t lose sight of that.

Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2020
The do’s and don’ts of wearing a face mask correctly (and comfortably)
“With the weather warming and time moving forward, people may likely become complacent,” said Suellen Hopfer, a professor of population health and disease prevention at UC Irvine. “It’s equally important to keep in mind the parallel recommended behaviors to minimize spread of COVID-19.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, April 17, 2020 (Book review)
What if the problem of racism has no solution?
It is tempting to describe [UCI Professor] Frank Wilderson’s new book, “Afropessimism,” as an autobiography of a critical theory. The book provides both sequel and prequel to “Incognegro,” Wilderson’s account of his experiences in the South African freedom movement. At the same time, it uses its autobiographical narrative to dramatize and support the theory that gives the book its name. … Wilderson’s ambitious book offers its readers two great gifts. First, it strives mightily to make its pessimistic vision plausible. … Second, the book depicts a remarkable life, lived with daring and sincerity. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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