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Newsweek, March 15, 2021
COVID Variants a Worry As U.S. Appears To Turn Corner Three Months Into Vaccine Rollout
Andrew Noymer, [associate professor], public health expert at the University of California, Irvine, told Newsweek: “In the U.S., I do feel we are turning a corner. Cases are down. Vaccinations are up, and there is strong demand for the vaccine; I think this notion that anti-vaxxers are going to ruin it for all of us is premature. What I see is two million people a day getting jabbed and strong demand. This is not to say that I can’t paint a scenario in which vaccination hits a ceiling and problems ensue, but I just think that’s getting ahead of ourselves.”

CBS News, March 16, 2021
Many states allow people with a BMI over 30 to get the COVID vaccine. But for some with obesity, it’s not that simple
Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California Irvine and author of “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia,” called BMI an ineffective and offensive way to expand vaccine eligibility and said “there’s a far greater relationship between negative outcomes and race.” Strings said the CDC could have prioritized vaccines for groups disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, such as by race itself, or prioritized grocery store workers or delivery drivers to help stop community spread.

Orange County Register, March 15, 2021
Orange County crosses vaccine milestone: 1 million doses given
UCI Health Chief Operating Officer Dr. Nasim Afsar said that makes now a critical time to push the message that the available vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe disease and death. “We now have data on tens of millions of people just within this country that have gotten vaccinated safely,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange Coast Magazine, March 12, 2021
COVID-19 Anniversary: UC Irvine Economics Professor on O.C.’s Pandemic Economy and Recovery
Amihai Glazer, UC Irvine professor of economics, emeritus, and author of a textbook on price theory, looks at O.C.’s pandemic economy and recovery. “We could look at where the (economic) decline was worst: air travel, local retail, going to a store, restaurants. I don’t think they’ll go up to the level before the pandemic, but some things that have declined greatly probably will improve. Housing is another possibility. People are tired of their old furniture or drapes in their houses and may want to remodel or buy a bigger house. One can imagine that taking off.”

SheKnows, March 15, 2021
Why You Should Make 2021 the Year of Prioritizing Sleep
According to Dr. Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D., the Chair of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, people can start by doing just that: making sleep a top priority in their lives. “You have to set aside a sufficient amount of time to sleep at night,” Dr. Benca tells SheKnows. … Consistently sleeping the recommended amount of hours a night, Dr. Benca says, will benefit people both physically and mentally. … “From that perspective, one of the things that we can try to do to improve our wellness is to make sure we get a good sleep every night.”

Previously “In the News”