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Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6, 2022
Four UC campuses extend remote instruction through January amid worsening Omicron surge
Amid a worsening Omicron surge, four University of California campuses announced Thursday that they are extending remote instruction to the end of January. UC campuses at Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz and San Diego, whose winter quarters began Jan. 3, said that rising positivity rates for coronavirus infections had compelled them to exercise extra caution and push back the start of in-person instruction to Jan. 31. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

HuffPost, Jan. 7, 2022
Confused By The CDC’s New COVID Isolation Rules? Here’s A Clear Guide.
The five-day isolation period should also occur if you’re asymptomatic and you test positive. “Once you’ve got a positive test, you’ve got it, you’re in a category where you have virus,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, the director and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health. If this is the case for you, the five-day period begins the day after you test positive. The actual day you test positive is part of day zero. … “If you get boosted, you are much less likely to get severe disease or even have a breakthrough,” Boden-Albala said.

The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2022
How to Help a Loved One Through Sudden Loss
Try to be mindful to avoid minimizing the loss or encouraging a quick recovery, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine. She has developed a list of “don’ts” in the event of a loss, based on her research with hundreds of bereaved people. Never suggest that you know how grievers feel, even if you’ve experienced a similar type of loss; you can’t possibly comprehend the depth of their grief, she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Spectrum News 1, Jan. 6, 2022 (Video)
UC Irvine professor hopes to shed light on farmworkers working conditions
In a video clip, dark billowing smoke can be seen from a nearby wildfire as farmworkers work. Through research on farmworkers working conditions, Michael Mendez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, shared that this is common and likely to cause health impacts. That’s why he’s hoping to learn more about what type of impact this has on farmworkers throughout Central and Northern California.

The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2022
Tech giants banned Trump. But did they censor him?
David Kaye, a law [clinical] professor at University of California, Irvine and the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, agrees that we should be wary of tech giants’ power over discourse — especially in countries that lack a robust free press. But he balks at applying the term “censorship” to content moderation decisions taken by the likes of Facebook, Twitter or YouTube in the United States. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

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