UCI News

KABC, Dec. 9, 2020 (Video)
UCI Santa Ana CARES Antibody Testing
With a mission to find out why Santa Ana has the highest COVID cases in Orange County, UC Irvine just launched an antibody study with free testing. … Researchers say this test is more specific and accurate than others. … Dr. Daniel Parker, UCI assistant professor of public health said, “There is clustering within households, as well as other demographic and social factors that are important, that are driving this.” With CARES Act funding and efforts to spread the word in this multilingual community about the survey, 8,000 tests will be collected. According to Dr. Parker, UCI serological tests tells people they have not had SARS-CoV-2 with nearly 100% accuracy and they have had it with 94% accuracy.

KNBC, Dec. 10, 2020
Thanksgiving Surge Begins. OC Hospitals Told to Add Space, Cancel Surgeries
With COVID-19 hospitalizations at a high, Orange County hospitals were being directed Thursday to implement surge plans and cancel elective surgeries in response to a “crisis” situation that could cause the emergency medical system to “collapse.” … “This is basically a Hail Mary pass,” said Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine associate professor of population health and disease prevention, of the county’s directive to hospitals. “It illustrates the gravity of the situation,” Noymer said.

Daily Pilot, Dec. 10, 2020
Can at-home tests help Orange County get a handle on the pandemic?
UC Irvine doctoral student and researcher Julia Zakashansky said at-home tests are necessary to combat the spread of the virus. Zakashansky and UC Irvine professor Michelle Khine are currently developing an at-home saliva test for COVID-19. … “So what we’re trying to allow is for a device that you can use and read yourself, within an hour of actually collecting your saliva,” Zakashansky said, comparing it to a pregnancy test. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, Dec. 10, 2020
Hundreds of GOP members sign onto Texas-led election lawsuit
“The Supreme Court is not going to overturn the election in the Texas case, as the President has told them to do,” tweeted Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “But we are in bad shape as a country that 17 states could support this shameful, anti-American filing” by Texas and its attorney general, Ken Paxton, he said.

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2020
Survey Spotlights Undocumented Student Experiences, Needs
A survey of undocumented immigrant students attending California State University and University of California campuses found that the majority of students are faring well in the classroom — 65 percent of respondents reported a grade point average of 3.0 or higher — but they face significant financial, health and immigration-related stressors. … “Academic performance conceals the struggles these students face on a daily basis,” Laura Enriquez, lead author of the study and an associate professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, said in a press statement. “Administrators recognize that these students have unique needs but must have better information in order to meet them. Our findings aim to fill that gap.”

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