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Orange County Register, April 21, 2020
More coronavirus testing coming as Orange County expands access
The county doesn’t identify the cities that will host the UCI Health sites, but UCI Health has been doing drive-up COVID-19 testing at locations in Irvine and Orange, said John Murray, assistant director of communications for UCI Health. … Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease clinician at UCI Medical Center in Orange, said Tuesday that health care providers have been waiting on expanded testing for some time. Gohil, who is involved in shaping UCI’s hospital response to COVID-19, said testing more of the county’s population should yield a more accurate picture of the spread of coronavirus here and, over the long run, better indicate if the contagion is rising or falling. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Consumer Reports, April 23, 2020
How to Ease Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic
“Some stress response is normal,” says Dana Rose Garfin, Ph.D., assistant adjunct professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California at Irvine, who studies how negative health events and community disasters affect health. “It reminds you to be on guard leaving the house, to remember not to touch your face. You want that to kick in.” … If you’re working from home, shower and dress, says UC Irvine’s Garfin. … “It’s helpful to take walks for mental and physical health within social distancing guidelines,” Garfin says.

Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2020
Column: A ‘rocket ship’ of an economic recovery? Don’t count on it
Connie Pechmann, a marketing professor at UC Irvine …. Like every expert I spoke with, predicted a step-by-step return to economic normality, with most consumers only slowly resuming their pre-pandemic ways. “The first thing that will rebound will be delayed expectations — things people have put off getting for a while,” Pechmann said. “New clothing, for example, and cosmetics, and haircuts. Everyone’s going to get a haircut right away.” Beyond such immediate expenditures, she said, “people are going to be cautious. We’re not going to see an overnight turnaround.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

VICE, April 17, 2020
How to Make a Ventilator
Govind Rajan, an anesthesiologist at UC Irvine’s medical school and a contributor to the Bridge Ventilator Consortium ventilator project, described the use-case for that project as “only in situations where you don’t have any ventilators available and the patient needs a ventilator.” In collaboration with the consortium, Virgin Orbit has designed a ventilator of the “automating-a-manual-resuscitator” variety. It’s nowhere near as complex as a critical care ventilator.

Broadway World, April 23, 2020
LDOS host Sandra Tsing Loh is particularly thrilled that THE LOH DOWN ON SCIENCE: SPECIAL PANDEMIC EDITION, is completely reported (research, written, and read) by members and emeriti of THE LOH DOWN ON SCIENCE “Hive.” Housed by the Graduate Division at the University of California, Irvine, the LDOS “Hive” is a unique fellowship program that supports young scientists with a passion for science communication. [Reporters are UCI Ph.D. students and alumni.]

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