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CBS2, April 29, 2020 (Video)
Drug Trials Show Remdesivir Has ‘Significant Positive Effect’ In Slowing Progression Of Coronavirus
“The trial went phenomenally well for us,” Dr. Alpesh Amin, who chairs the department of medicine at UC Irvine. Doctors at UCI were among the first to test the drug, and while Amin said they are still in the early days of the study, there was reason to be optimistic. “It’s got anti-viral properties,” Amin said. “It basically attacks the genome of the virus, where the virus replicates on itself, so it attacks that, and it’s kind of like a seek and destroy mission. It finds the right target on the virus, and goes in and attacks it and kills it.”

Daily Pilot, April 29, 2020
UC Irvine physicians and local fabric cutting business team up to produce new type of mask
Aditi Sharma, a resident physician in the UC Irvine Health dermatology department, said the sterilization wraps can be used in masks that filter up to 87% of particles, which is almost as effective as N95 masks, which have a filtration efficiency of 95%. … To design the mask, the physicians received help from several of the engineering groups on the UCI campus, including the Michelle Khine lab, Elliot Hui lab, and the Ben Dolan lab. UCI medical students have also helped cut wire for the masks. … To produce the masks, Sharma is partnering with UCI alumna Jenny Farrell, owner of OC Cutworks. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

SpectrumNews1, April 29, 2020 (Video)
California’s COVID-19 Cases Decline, But Could Spike in Early May
Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, has been tracking the number of novel coronavirus cases and fatalities in the U.S. In California … as of Monday, the data Noymer has collected with U.C. Irvine’s Program in Public Health and Orange County Public Health shows that overall deaths in Orange County have flatlined. … Noymer said he’s “apprehensive” about lifting social distancing orders because there’s a possibility for a second wave of novel coronavirus cases.

NBC News, April 29, 2020
Why are so many black-owned small businesses shut out of PPP loans?
“There is a structural flaw in this program. It uses banks as middlemen. Any time you create a big program and give banks the ability to choose which customers it prioritizes, you’re going to have disparities,” said Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Credit disparities are where past injustices lead to present disparities.”

ABC7, April 28, 2020 (Video)
Coronavirus crisis: Orange County doctor volunteers to help in busy ICU at New York hospital
When NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center put out a call for help from more intensive-care-unit doctors amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Sebastian Schubl of Orange County was among those who volunteered. “I went there because that’s where I did my surgical residency and worked there for a few years after, so I knew the institution and the people fairly well,” said Schubl, a trauma and critical care surgeon at UCI Health in Orange.

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