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Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2021
L.A. is primed for disaster, but COVID-19 took it to another level
“It’s the horrendous loss of life, the horrendous loss of livelihood, and the symbolic losses as well,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, a  [psychological science  professor at UC Irvine who studies how people respond to collective crises. … The experience of crisis upon crisis was so universal that Silver and her colleagues came up with a name for it. “We call it cascading collective trauma,” she said. “It’s almost too much to bear.” … Silver’s work has also shown that there is still reason to be hopeful. … “We will come out the other side, and I believe that people will be quite resilient,” Silver said. “But that doesn’t minimize the tremendous loss.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Refinery29, March 11, 2021
Congratulations, Our Sense Of Time Has Been Off For A Year Now
Alison Holman, PhD, a psychologist and an associate professor at the University of California Irvine who has written about the public health implications of distorted time perception during the pandemic, says many of us are feeling this way because we are no longer “moving through time,” explaining that “as we stop moving through a life physically, psychologically time feels like it has stopped, too.” At the very same time, she added, time can feel like it has sped up because so much has happened in the U.S. in the past year ….

WBUR, March 11, 2021 (Audio)
Coronavirus, 1 Year Later: How The Pandemic Has Changed Us
March 11, 2020 marks the day the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. A year later, what has humanity learned about itself? We discuss humanity, empathy and the pandemic year. Guests: … Michael Yassa, professor and chancellor’s fellow of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Director of the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Eat This, Not That, March 11, 2021
7 Signs You’re a COVID Long Hauler, Says New Study
“It’s clear that many patients have had [COVID] symptoms lasting longer than 2 weeks, a month, or even 3 months,” says Chuck Vega from UCI Health, Department of Family Medicine, to Medscape. “What symptoms do we see with long-haul syndrome? We are seeing fatigue and dyspnea with exertion. Patients can experience difficulty with basic activities of daily living …. They have persistent cough, and some have chest pain. We know about the loss of smell and taste … which, although reversible, can take several months to improve.”

The New Republic, March 11, 2021 (Book review)
The Underground Activists Who Fought for Freedom Across Asia
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History writes, “On an evening in June 1924, a French colonial official named Merlin narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, … Tim Harper writes in his new book, Underground Asia. … Ultimately, it became clear that the assassin was Pham Hong Thai, an exile from Indochina … Activists like Pham Hong Thai, working to wrest their homelands from foreign control, are the subject of Harper’s magisterial book, which traces revolutionary struggles across Asia in the years between 1905 and 1931.”

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