Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 10, 2022
Omicron Surge: Fewer ICU Patients, Deaths
“Omicron is proving to be the most contagious of the variants, but there’s also evidence that it is a milder disease,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the public health school at the University of California, Irvine. “We won’t see as many people on ventilators, or dying.” … “The delta and omicron variants are direct results of people not getting vaccinated,” Boden-Albala said. “Everyone should get vaccinated and boosted, which will help significantly in decreasing deaths and severe or acute illnesses like pneumonia.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to email@example.com.]
The Orange County Register, Jan. 9, 2022
As coronavirus surges, it’s time to ditch cloth masks, experts say
“You have to mask better than before,” said epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of [public] health at UC Irvine. “In the face of the highly transmissible omicron, the cloth masks are pure theater,” Noymer said. “They don’t do anything …. the tiny particles squeeze “between the threads of a cloth mask.” … Noymer said people should wear better masks “until further notice.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 9, 2022
The Metaverse’s Effects on Mental Health: Trivial or Troubling?
Candice Odgers, UCI professor of psychological science writes, “We’ve seen that young people are early and enthusiastic adopters of new technology. A lot of the effects [of the metaverse] are going to depend on how mindful we are, as adults, as technology developers, policymakers, educators, at scaffolding that youth in a way that we know promotes positive development. One of the biggest things that we see is it’s not so much the technology itself that is harmful, but the anxiety, the conflict it creates within families, within people’s perceptions that it’s harmful.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]
Vox, Jan. 10, 2022
Time is running out. Here’s how the climate movement can level up.
“When you have lots of different tactics going at once, you have lots of entry points for people becoming engaged in the issue,” said David Meyer, [professor of sociology], at the University of California, Irvine who studies climate protest movements. … “Movements that don’t diversify their tactics evaporate or get crushed,” Meyer added. “If you don’t innovate tactics, it gets boring and authorities find ways of dealing with you.”
Yahoo News, Jan. 7, 2022
Democrats are faced with a choice on voting rights: Go big or go small
“Democrats should not try to go it alone in preserving free and fair elections,” Richard Hasen, [Chancellor’s] professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, wrote in the New York Times. “Flying solo is a big mistake. Democrats cannot stop the subversion of 2024 election results alone, particularly if Democrats do not control many statehouses and either house of Congress when Electoral College votes are counted on Jan. 6, 2025.”
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