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KCBS Radio San Francisco, Jan. 10, 2022
Everyone ‘probably all going to get COVID…in the next 10 years,’ expert says
Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], at UC Irvine studying infectious diseases and mortality [said], “Keep in mind, we’re probably all going to get COVID in some way shape or form in the next 10 years,” he explained. “Hopefully, it’s a breakthrough case and it’s never too late to get vaccinated. Avoiding COVID entirely will probably be something like a child having avoided chickenpox back in the day before we vaccinated against chickenpox.” … Given the overwhelming surge of new coronavirus cases across the U.S., Noymer said we’re likely in for “a few more weeks” of the current wave before it begins to ease.

Well + Good, Jan. 10, 2022
Here’s What Epidemiologists Want You To Know About the Best N95 Masks To Buy
Still not sure what an N95 is? Here’s the deal: When worn properly, N95 respirators provide the most protection against COVID-19, says epidemiologist Karen Edwards, MS, PhD, [professor], of the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health. “These masks meet specific requirements in terms of the size of the particles they are designed to filter out and are also designed to provide a very close facial fit so that they form a seal around your nose and mouth,” she explains.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 10, 2022
‘Don’t panic.’ How parents with kids too young to vaccinate can navigate Omicron
Avoid crowds of people. Suellen Hopfer, an assistant professor of public health at UC Irvine, recommended avoiding places where there are a lot of people gathered, especially indoors. She also recommended deferring travel plans. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Jan. 10, 2022
Hoag Hospital and Providence Health end a 10-year affiliation
Margarethe Wiersema, a [Dean’s] Professor in strategic management at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, said the split will likely be a boon for Hoag and to patients in the area. … “Here you have a major high-quality player in the local market and you end up with a cookie-cutter approach, which is not ideal,” she said. “Hoag will be better off because they can strongly differentiate themselves,” she added. “They will have a lot more flexibility in their presence in the local market.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Becker’s Hospital Review, Jan. 10, 2022
7 hospital construction projects worth $1B or more
4. UCI breaks ground on $1.3B medical complex. University of California Irvine and UCI Health began construction on their $1.3 billion medical complex, which includes a 350,000-square-foot, 144-bed acute care hospital with an emergency room.

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