UCI News

CBS Los Angeles, March 30, 2020
Coronavirus: UC Irvine Students Hold Supply Drive For Masks, Face Shields For Health Care Workers
With hospitals across the nation facing major shortages of personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of California Irvine medical students Monday were holding a drive asking residents and local businesses to donate supplies for their healthcare workers. UCI School of Medicine students were calling for donations of N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, isolation gowns, hand sanitizer and safety goggles.

ABC7, March 23, 2020 (Video)
UCI Match Day Held via Virtual Conference
It’s great to see the next generation of doctors in Southern California begin their next step of their journey. This is what they call Match Day at UC Irvine, when the students find out which hospitals they will be going to for the next 4-7 years, where they will serve their residencies. For social distancing reasons, they had to do it all by video conference this year. But you can see by the faces of these graduates, it did not lessen their excitement.

Yahoo Finance, March 27, 2020 (Video)
Current U.S. COVID-19 cases are ‘drop in the bucket’: Epidemiologist
University of California Irvine Epidemiology [Department Chair and Professor] Dr. Karen Edwards joins Yahoo Finance’s Seana Smith to discuss the developments surrounding the coronavirus, as the U.S. overtakes other countries for the most confirmed cases in the world.

The Washington Post, March 28, 2020
Three months into the pandemic, here’s how likely the coronavirus is to infect people
“This is a new virus that has landed in the human community. We are a brand-new, naive population. We’re kind of sitting ducks, right?” said [Professor] Ilhem Messaoudi, a virologist at the University of California at Irvine. … At the genetic level, the new virus is not terribly different from the SARS virus that emerged in China in 2002 … “We thought we cured it. We thought the virus disappeared. Well, the virus didn’t disappear, did it?” said [Professor] Michael Buchmeier, a UC Irvine virologist who has studied coronaviruses for three decades. … “Social distancing is building speed bumps so that we can slow the spread of the virus. We have to respect the speed bumps,” Messaoudi said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCRW, March 26, 2020 (Audio)
2 Southern California doctors work to get more ventilators where they’re needed
One of the deadliest aspects of coronavirus is how it attacks the lungs. That’s why ventilators are so important. Manufacturers are struggling to meet the demand amid the nationwide shortage. Two local doctors are taking matters into their own hands. … Dr. Brian Wong – facial plastic surgeon and biomedical engineer at UC Irvine is leading a team that’s trying to create a lower-cost ventilator for people who don’t need the most intensive care.

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