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The New York Times, March 19, 2020
How Can We Help One Another?
Paul Piff, a social psychologist at the University of California at Irvine and teacher of a University of California-wide online class on the science of compassion, agreed on the importance of altruism. “A really basic response people have, for good adaptive evolutionary reasons, is to tend and befriend,” he said. “Social relationships are a huge source of well-being.” He added, “In the long term, on a physiological level, you do better engaging with others and responding to suffering. You’re happier, your immune system is better.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

U.S. News & World Report, March 20, 2020
Coronavirus: How to Stay Healthy While Traveling
Whether you must travel soon or your travel plans can wait until COVID-19 cases subside, there are tips you can follow to keep yourself healthy. In fact, these suggestions can apply anytime, says Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the program in public health at UC Irvine in Irvine, California. A frequent traveler, Boden-Albala says she follows common-sense precautions year-round to stay healthy while on the road.

Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2020
How the blood of coronavirus survivors may protect others from COVID-19
“It’s not a new idea, it’s a very old idea,” said UC Irvine virologist Michael J. Buchmeier, who has studied the use of convalescent plasma for decades. In an age where genetically engineered antibodies are the new norm, convalescent plasma seems quaint. And for drug companies that require a profitable market to justify the design and production of a new vaccine it is a distinctly unprofitable approach, he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BBC, March 15, 2020 (Video)
How coronavirus is affecting our mental health
Dana Rose Garfin, Ph.D., an academic psychologist in Orange County, California and an assistant professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine discusses how coronavirus is affecting our mental health.

NBC4, March 18, 2020
Arctic Melting Continues at Alarming Rates, UC Irvine and JPL Scientists Say
Arctic melting continues at an alarming rate, threatening to erode coastal areas as sea levels rise, UC Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists concluded in a paper published Wednesday. “We’re seeing it’s continuing and we’re not slowing down,” said the study’s lead author, UCI professor Isabella Velicogna. “The ice sheets are continuing to lose mass into the ocean at increasing levels consistently.”

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