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The Orange County Register, Jan. 17, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: 54 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Orange County
Douglas M. Haynes who leads the Black Thriving Initiative as vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion at UC Irvine writes, “It has been 54 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Orange County on March 19, 1968. … In many ways, the Orange County of 2022 does not look like the county that King visited. … As we observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, let us commit ourselves to building a just society dedicated to economic and social justice and free of hate.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Well + Good, Jan. 17, 2022
Should You Swab Your Throat When COVID Testing At-Home? We Asked Experts To Weigh In.
Additionally, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against swabbing the throat during self-testing—particularly for safety concerns. “Self-collection via throat swab is more complicated and when done incorrectly, can cause harm,” says Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health.

AP, Jan. 14, 2022
Californians asked not to use strained ERs for virus testing
Dr. Chris Fox, chair of emergency medicine at UCI Medical Center, said 5% to 10% of people at his hospital’s emergency room fit that category. “They start to feel flu-like symptoms and they freak out and the path of least resistance is the emergency room,” he said, noting his facility is seeing 200 people in the ER daily compared to 140 normally. “When we get overrun with people who don’t need us but are using us because it is the most convenient path of least resistance, then we don’t have the capacity for people who really need us,” Fox said.

KCBS, Jan. 16, 2022 (Video)
Health Officials Describe Winter COVID Surge At ‘Near Crisis Level’
“One person who gets Omicron right now is easily infecting two and the rate of that speed is so fast. The individual is very contagious two days before the onset of symptoms,” said Dr. Jose Mayorga, the executive director of the UCI Health Family Health Centers. Dr. Mayorga says an increase in testing is resulting in a rise of positive cases at his centers. “The drive-thru testing sites, we’re at about 63 percent positivity of the people who are coming to get tested,” he said.

The New York Times, Jan. 18, 2022
Quotation of the Day: Worries in China That Population May Soon Shrink
“The year 2021 will go down in Chinese history as the year that China last saw population growth in its long history.” Wang Feng, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Last year’s birthrate was lower than the most pessimistic estimates. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

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