UCI News

Orange County Register, April 23, 2020
This Irvine company tested most of its workforce for coronavirus antibodies. The results were startling
Kam Kalantar-Zadeh, a specialist in internal medicine, nephrology and pediatrics at UC Irvine [said] “As an analogy, the common cold has no cure, no long-lasting immunity — we can get several colds a year — and no cure, which may be the emerging bitter reality in dealing with COVID-19.” … Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility … [said] “We don’t know how much of the 10% is due to cross-reactivity from other common coronaviruses,” he said. “He would need to compare (antibody) levels from specimens collected several years ago before the outbreak.” Felgner’s lab has many thousands of pre-outbreak specimens that could be used for comparison, he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Fox News Radio, April 24, 2020 (Podcast)
America Begins to Open its Doors Again
America will be watching, as several states start relaxing social distancing restrictions and reopening parts of their economy today. Some argue it’s still too soon. Will these changes result in a spike in coronavirus infections? Plus, how have other countries fared with less restrictive lockdowns? University of California, Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer weighs in on all of this.

Bloomberg, April 24, 2020
Life After Ventilators Can Be Hell for Coronavirus Survivors
“There are a lot of other dangers when we use mechanical ventilation,’’ says Richard Lee, interim chief of pulmonary diseases and critical-care medicine at the University of California at Irvine. “We have to sedate patients for them to tolerate a mechanical breathing tube in their lungs, and the longer you are in an ICU on sedation requiring a machine, all those other things — like decreased muscle tone and strength and the risk of hospital-acquired infections — increase.’’

Filene, April 23, 2020 (Podcast)
Managing Misinformation in the Midst of a Pandemic
Our research fellow for the center of excellence for emerging technology, Bill Maurer of UC Irvine has professed through his work with us that credit unions have a great role to play in lessening consumer anxieties by reassuring their members, fighting to protect their communities, and making wise decisions about our future. … In this episode, we discuss what credit unions can do to combat the spread of disinformation and misinformation, and sustain the level of trust they’ve built with their communities and their members. Plus, we discuss some common scams that we’re seeing and how to protect against them.

Newsweek, April 23, 2020
2020 was already expected to be a record year for election-related lawsuits—then coronavirus happened
“Even before the virus hit, I was predicting that 2020 would see a record level of election-related litigation,” Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, told Newsweek. “So it is not a surprise that the virus is spurring even more litigation, both over virus-related changes to election dates and procedures and also to litigate over the meaning of existing rules in light of the pandemic,” he added.

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