UCI News

ABC7, April 19, 2020 (Video)
Some antibody tests for COVID-19 previous infection can give false results, experts say
I spoke with Saahir Khan, an assistant clinical professor who specializes in infectious disease at UCI. … Khan pointed out a lot of the tests out there look for antibodies that develop with several viruses within the coronavirus group – not just the strain causing this pandemic, SARS-CoV-2. … “Sometimes you can have antibodies to the virus that cause the common cold that could potentially cross-react with this test,” Khan said.

USA Today, April 17, 2020
Don’t know what day it is today? There’s a psychological reason why.
If you don’t know what day it is, you’re not alone. There’s a term for what you’re feeling: temporal disintegration. It’s a phenomenon, explains Alison Holman, a psychologist and associate professor of nursing at University of California, Irvine, in which people are unable to retain and organize information relating to time, how to do things in a sequential order, or what happened yesterday or the day before.

Nautilus, April 16, 2020
Why False Claims About COVID-19 Refuse to Die
Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, UCI associate professor and professor of logic and philosophy write, “There is a pandemic of misinformation about COVID-19 spreading on social media sites.” … “In recent months, claims with some scientific legitimacy have spread so far, so fast, that even if it later becomes clear they are false or unfounded, they cannot be laid to rest. Instead, they become information zombies, continuing to shamble on long after they should be dead.”

Bloomberg, April 19, 2020
Some Crimes Are Spiking in America’s Major Cities
Robberies and burglaries dropped more dramatically in Los Angeles than some other major U.S. cities, perhaps because it closed non-essential businesses and told people to stay at home earlier than other cities, said Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology at the University of California, Irvine. “Property crimes are crimes of opportunity and with most businesses closed, there are simply fewer opportunities,” Kubrin said.

Good Housekeeping, April 16, 2020
The 8 Best Apps for People With Anxiety, According to Experts
There are more than 15,000 different apps and mobile services targeting anxiety available to download, says Stephen Schueller, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at UCI and Executive Director of PsyberGuide, a non-profit online resource that evaluates mental health apps …. Last year, PsyberGuide named the five best apps for people with anxiety …. Each one in the list represents the variety of different options and strategies available, Dr. Schueller says. But PsyberGuide project manager Martha Neary also recently expanded their selection to include more apps to use if you are currently social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Previously “In the News”