UCI News

The Washington Post, Aug. 26, 2021
You asked: Should I cancel my kids’ end-of-summer trip?
Karen Edwards, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology [and bio-statistics] at University of California at Irvine warns that Hawaii is in a much different place in terms of the coronavirus now than a couple of months ago. The state is experiencing a case surge, and it is reinstating local restrictions to prevent further spread. “The upswing in cases is likely to continue over the several weeks so I would consider cancelling and rescheduling at a later date when cases are down and restrictions are removed,” Edwards said in an email. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Forbes, Aug. 25, 2021
CIOs: Apply These Lessons From The Pandemic To Win The Recovery
Vijay Gurbaxani, Faculty Director of UCI’s Center for Digital Transformation and professor if Information Systems and Computer Science, writes: In an annual survey of senior executives conducted by the Center for Digital Transformation at the University of California, Irvine (disclosure: I [Vijay Gurbaxani] am Faculty Director there), 75% of the 185 companies responding this year reported accelerating their digital transformation initiatives during the pandemic. Importantly, they made the necessary investments in organizational capital: Close to three-quarters of companies said they were redesigning their business models, with more than a third describing their responses as a reinvention—investing in processes, people, and technology to focus on the future.

My News LA, Aug. 19, 2021
UCI Study Analyzes Demographic Disparities In COVID Infection, Mortality
Socioeconomic, geographic and demographic factors have played a critical role in COVID-19 mortality rates in Orange County, according to a UC Irvine study. … “At the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, cases were clustered in the more affluent coastal areas of the county but then shifted to north-central locations, particularly in the cities of Santa Ana and Anaheim,” said UCI assistant professor of public health and the study’s corresponding author, Daniel Parker. “We examined how contextual factors — such as levels of education, insurance and income — can lead to increased risk of infection or death.”

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), Aug. 25, 2021
Vaccinations helped drive down deaths in OC, but may be trending back up due to delta variant
The death toll for August is now 16, the same as July’s. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service that he does not believe the county will see a death toll on the levels of the winter surge again because of the vaccines. … “Again, I’m watching hospitalizations the most closely and we’ve really plateaued,” Noymer said. “We’ve had seven days hovering around that 570 mark. So we’ve definitely found a peak so far … We’re not out of the woods yet, but I think it’s too early to see a surge associated with back to school.” Noymer, however, said, “These things are super impossible to predict.”

NBC News, Aug. 25, 2021
In Covid ICUs, doctors see a surge in critically ill pregnant women
A recent study from the University of California Irvine Health found that expectant mothers diagnosed with Covid-19 were 40 percent more likely to deliver prematurely.

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