UCI News

KCBS-TV, Feb. 15, 2022 (Video)
LA County’s Indoor Mask Mandate Remains In Place Even As State Mandate Set To End
“This has definitely been a roller coaster for everybody,” Dr. Jose Mayorga said. Mayorga is the executive director of the UCI Health Family Health Centers. He said he and his colleagues are concerned about what lifting the mandate could do to our declining cases and hospitalizations. “Does it make me nervous? It does, especially for those who have yet to get vaccinated and, particularly, our children. There are a lot of kids out there who are not vaccinated,” Dr. Mayorga said.

Spectrum News 1, Feb. 15, 2022 (Video)
San Clemente hopes to add 250,000 cubic yards of sand to beaches
Brett Sanders, a University of Irvine professor of civil and environmental engineering, walked on the other end of the project recently at Linda Lane. He noted that the city’s project is a good start. “But it’s only one piece of the puzzle,” he added. “What we need to be thinking about is the entire Southern California coastline from San Diego up to Santa Barbara and thinking about how we restore natural supplies to the coast.” … “So the question is, what is the long term plan? And we’re going to need more projects like this,” he said.

WJLA, Feb. 16, 2022 (Video)
Feeling low during the pandemic? Expert says you’re not alone and shares what can help
COVID-19 case counts are decreasing. Restrictions and mandates are being rolled back in many communities. But even though there is optimism, some people feel like now is when they’re breaking apart. And there’s a reason, according to Alison Holman. Holman is a [nursing professor] at the University of California Irvine who has been spent around 30 years studying how trauma impacts people. She spoke with Lindsey Mastis during the wellness special on “The Coronavirus Alert Desk.”

The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 16, 2022
As most California counties end COVID mask mandates, here’s why some are keeping them
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and [associate] public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, calls himself a “mask freak” who wears one whenever he’s indoors other than in his own home. They’re required at his workplace, a rule he supports. But Noymer is in favor of the state lifting its universal indoor mandate with some “caveats and asterisks.” “I’d like people to mask,” he said. “But I think there are issues strategically with having mandates that are starting to abrade people.” He predicted another wave this calendar year, “probably sometime in December,” when masking “will genuinely be needed again.”

The Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: The bomb threats against Howard University affect far more than a single university
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, UCI associate professor of African American studies and others write, “On Monday, Howard University issued an all-clear after telling students and faculty to stay indoors because of a bomb threat …. The bomb threats, like violence and defacement against synagogues, mark an increased willingness to attack the cultural and educational institutions of groups that have traditionally been discriminated against. HBCUs have provided freedom, education and safety to those whose citizenship was historically limited or denied. Now, this historical bulwark of American democracy is itself being attacked through violent threats.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

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