UCI News

The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2020
The Nation Reached ‘Safe Harbor.’ Here’s What That Means.
In states that have certified their results, the deadline should also help insulate against further legal challenges in state courts. “It plays into litigation because courts are aware of this deadline and want to give the states this benefit, so they do their best to try to comply with it,” said Richard L. Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KPCC, Dec. 8, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: FDA Says Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective, How Hospitals Are Handling Limited Capacity
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine at UC Irvine. Today’s topics include: FDA says Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective; How are hospitals weighing tough decisions with limited capacity?; What happens if LA County hits ICU bed capacity?; Should hospitals consider cancelling elective surgeries?; WSJ: Scientists investigate whether exposure to early coronavirus helped Asia fight COVID-19; The argument for producing generic coronavirus vaccines and has the Thanksgiving surge officially arrived?

AP, Dec. 8, 2020
California releases smartphone virus tool as cases soar
Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at University of California, Irvine, questioned how many residents would opt in due to privacy concerns and the value of the tool if they don’t. He said people may find themselves paralyzed by a flood of information and it isn’t clear what they’ll do with it — especially if they take a coronavirus test after getting an alert and wind up negative, only to receive another alert. “In a purely epidemiological perspective, uptake is everything. If about 10% of people do it, it’s useless,” he said. “Even if it does get takers, it’s still unproven. Because then, what do you do?”

Voice of OC, Dec. 8, 2020
Will Coronavirus Patients Push Orange County Hospitals to the Edge?
“It is very unfortunate and I’m hearing from my colleagues who are nurses that are the frontline, my students who work in the same setting, that things are just getting very busy and stressful. I think we’re hitting a situation where we’re going to be pretty maxed out very soon. So it’s alarming for sure,” said UC Irvine epidemiologist and public health expert Sanghyuk Shin in a Tuesday phone interview.

Broadway World, Dec. 8, 2020
Pacific Symphony Working With UCI Public Health Experts On COVID-19 Plan
As part of a consultation agreement between UCI and Pacific Symphony, UCI public health and epidemiology experts have reviewed Pacific Symphony’s plans for mitigating employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19 and recommended ways to improve infrastructure, procedures and policies to protect against it. “Pacific Symphony has some very unique considerations related to preventing the spread of the virus,” said Karen Edwards, chair and professor of epidemiology in UCI’s Program in Public Health and the project’s faculty lead. “Even without audiences present, they’ll need to take a number of precautions to stay physically distant, especially when performing music.”

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