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The Hill, Feb. 28, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Our next vaccine must stomp out variants to end COVID pandemics once and for all
Steve A. N. Goldstein, MA, MD, Ph.D., FAAP, vice chancellor of Health Affairs at the University of California, Irvine writes, “At the University of California, Irvine, our pan-coronavirus program that is designed to protect against COVID-19, the common cold and coronaviruses … has already entered phase 1 clinical trials. As we await the trial results, it is incumbent on national and international governing bodies, the pharmaceutical, health and nonprofit sectors and the social enterprise community to innovate so we can manufacture, supply and deploy the vaccine around the globe.”

The Orange County Register, March 1, 2022
Omicron brings OC programs treating ‘long COVID’ a fresh wave of patients
At UCI Health, which offers its “COVID recovery service” program at three locations around the county, “we are seeing more interest within the last month,” said Dr. Jaclyn Leong, the program’s co-director, adding, “every time there seems to be a surge, about four to six weeks later we see more interest in our clinic.” … Many people who get the virus will fully recover in days or weeks, but Leong said for every 10 people diagnosed with COVID-19, “at minimum, one of them will get long COVID symptoms.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Spectrum News 1, Feb. 28, 2022
CDC eases mask rules, signaling shift in decision-making methods
David Souleles knows public health. He’s been researching and discussing it as a government official and academic for decades. And when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again relaxed mask guidelines last week, Souleles recognized it as a fundamental change in how the country’s health czar looks at COVID-19. “They’re really pivoting to looking at hospital capacity as a metric for driving public health and safety protocols,” said Souleles, director of the University of California, Irvine master’s in public health program.

Money, Feb. 25, 2022
Your Credit Score Can Predict When You’ll Die, Research Shows
“Many people don’t often understand the risk that they’re getting themselves into through various forms of borrowing, and how that all leads to progressively more catastrophic outcomes for them,” says Matthew Harding, a Department of Economics professor at the University of California, Irvine and the study’s co-author. “People’s lives could potentially be made better by having some advanced information on [these] things.”

HowStuffWorks, Feb. 25, 2022
What Is SWIFT and Can It Be Used to Sanction Putin and Russia?
“The SWIFT system is a way for banks and financial institutions to communicate with each other to manage cross-border payments,” says Erin Lockwood, an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s part of the infrastructure of global finance. Sometimes it gets conflated with global payments systems, but it’s not the actual channel through which capital flows. It’s more akin to a secure messaging service.”

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