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Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 10, 2020
UCI releases COVID-19 website
The University of California, Irvine, which has been privately tracking and analyzing local coronavirus figures since the onset of the pandemic, has released a public online database about the virus in the county that provides comparisons with neighboring California counties. The website shows hospitalized patients with COVID-19, intensive care unit patients, new daily cases and new daily deaths caused by the disease, and provides comparisons between Orange County and Alameda, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Clara counties. This is the first website to provide county-to-county comparisons of key coronavirus statistics, according to UCI. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vox, Aug. 10, 2020
A top Hong Kong pro-democracy figure was arrested. Beijing isn’t playing around.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor at the University of California Irvine and author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brinkdescribed the blows to Hong Kong’s press freedoms and civil society as both “unusually fast and unusually slow.” … “There’s been a spreading out of the repressive moves,” Wasserstrom said. On the one hand, it’s been blow after blow, he said. But when it comes to international attention — particularly in the age of Covid-19 — China’s crackdowns looks a little bit more discrete rather than rapidly tightening control.

FiveThirtyEight, Aug. 11, 2020
What economists fear will happen without more unemployment aid
“The net effect on jobs is hard to say — on the one hand, lower spending implies some job losses, but that should be offset to some extent by more people returning to work and finding new jobs,” said Eric Swanson, a professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 12, 2020
‘I’ve now dipped into the pie.’ Will COVID-19 change Americans’ views of the social safety net?
The way the CARES Act was written, not everybody will benefit from it, at least not equally, said UCI law professor Mehrsa Baradaran, who recently wrote a piece for the Atlantic arguing that America has a longtime obsession with keeping aid from people viewed as undeserving. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Aug. 11, 2020 (Contributor)
Your customers have changed. Here’s how to engage them again.
Imran S. Currim, UCI Distinguished Professor of business and others write, “What is clear in the COVID-deaccession is that this change in customer behavior is pushing firms into a new “directional reality.” Firms need to adapt to shifting customer wants by engaging a more customer-centric philosophy. Rather than expecting their customers to come to them, they need to go to their customers.”

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