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The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 17, 2022
Omicron Variant Encourages Some to Move Past Covid-19 Precautions, Despite Risks
Karen Edwards, [professor of public health], an epidemiologist, at the University of California, Irvine, says the threat of Covid-19 means you should avoid eating and drinking in public if you can. More interactions between potentially infected people will give the virus more pathways to spread and potentially mutate, she says. “If we had a variant that caused severe disease like Delta and was as transmissible as Omicron, we wouldn’t want to see that,” Edwards says. More transmission also threatens immunocompromised people, Dr. Edwards says. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

KTTV-LA, Jan. 14, 2022 (Video)
Good Day LA
Joining us now is Stephen Schueller, UCI associate professor of psychological science and director of the UCI allcove project. “The allcove drop-in [mental wellness] centers at UCI provide a space for young people 12-25 to find support and community. It’s a welcoming space meant to create communities for young people to feel welcomed and feel heard. It is created ‘for youth, by youth.’ … allcove is meant to support youth on their terms that are really helpful for them.”

Healthline, Jan. 14, 2022
Omicron Symptoms: How They Compare with Other Coronavirus Variants
“In our [patient] interviews recently we have been hearing less reports of loss of taste or smell, and more reports of sore throat, runny nose, headaches, sneezing, and fatigue,” David Souleles, MPH, director of the COVID-19 Response Team and director of the Masters in Public Health Program and Practice at the University of California, Irvine, told Healthline. “However, it is important to remember if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested as soon as symptoms appear.”

Newsweek, Jan. 17, 2022
What to Do When You Can’t Sleep, According to Experts
Working out might seem like a good idea to tire yourself out before bed. But according to Sara Mednick, a professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, exercising later in the day can “stimulate the stress response associated with intense exercise.” … Menick said people may also consider avoiding eating at least three hours before bedtime, since “late eating delays melatonin.” Melatonin is a sleep regulation hormone.

Good Housekeeping, Jan. 15, 2022
Why Experts Say Nausea and Vomiting May Be Unpredictable Signs of Omicron COVID-19 Infections
Shruti Gohil, M.D., an associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, says that chronic nausea and vomiting are not primary symptoms for common colds or most flu cases — you should consider those secondary potential root issues compared to food poisoning, or a COVID-19 infection. When paired with the following symptoms, nausea should prompt you to take next steps in getting your symptoms diagnosed.

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