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The Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2022
Booster shots in U.S. have strongly protected against severe disease from omicron variant, CDC studies show
Some experts say the messaging around the number of shots needed for vaccination has been confusing, in part because no one anticipated how the virus would evolve. When vaccines were first rolled out in December 2020, officials made a “communications blunder” when they said vaccinations would be “two shots, and done,” [said] Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Atlantic, Jan. 21, 2022
A Toast to All the Rejects
The gathering held last June at a park in Irvine, California, was not a standard toga party. Instead of undergraduates downing beer from Solo cups, the attendees were graduate students drinking champagne from plastic jeweled goblets. Crowned with laurel wreaths, wearing togas and Roman-emperor costumes, they honored something that rarely gets commemorated: rejection. More than 100 rejections. Grants, journal articles, fellowships—you name it, they’d been denied it. This party was one component of a larger project devised by the [UCI] cognitive-science professor Barbara Sarnecka and two of her graduate students to change their experience of professional rejection.

Healthline, Jan. 20, 2022
What It’s Like to Have a Mild COVID-19 Case
“At this stage of the pandemic, the underreporting is likely due to multiple factors: at-home testing kits which go unreported; not seeking out testing because the wait time for results can be days, or not seeking out testing because you don’t have the original constellation of COVID-19 symptoms,” says Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of the UCI Health Family Health Centers and assistant clinical professor of the Department of Family Medicine at UCI School of Medicine.

Business Insider, Jan. 20, 2022
Omicron is a ‘different beast’ in kids, but it doesn’t seem more dangerous, disease experts say
“The virus is a different beast right now in terms of the clinical manifestations that we’re seeing in children,” Dr. Erlinda Ulloa, [assistant professor of medicine], a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Irvine, told Insider. Ulloa said children with COVID-19 at her hospital are reporting more overall symptoms than they were with the Alpha and Delta variants. She’s also seeing more instances of croup and bronchiolitis — infections commonly associated with respiratory viruses — among unvaccinated kids under age 5.

Spectrum, Jan. 21, 2022
Spotted around the web: Science and society
More attention to enrolling and retaining clinical trial participants is key to increasing the inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities, argues … Bernadette Boden-Albala, [founding dean of the planned School of Population & Public Health], of the University of California, Irvine. Neuron

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