UCI News

ABC7, March 30, 2020 (Video)
UCI medical students kick off supply drive to help hospital’s healthcare workers
“Well, UCI isn’t experiencing a shortage of PPG at this time, nations across the Unites States are and we want to prevent that from happening here at UCI,” Jaspal Bassi, UCI first year medical student said. “So, we’re trying to gather all the materials we can, especially face masks, face shields, any fine respirators, sanitizers…anything that we can to help prevent that shortage from occurring here at UCI.”

Quartz, March 30, 2020
A California rocket-maker will start producing simple ventilators
“This one is going to basically be for all the patients who need a ventilator but do not need a top-line ventilator,” Dr. Govind Rajan, the director of clinical affairs at the UC Irvine Medical Center, says. “That will free up all these top-line ventilators for the sickest of the sick.” … Just over a week ago, he and a team including Brian J.F. Wong, a UCI plastic surgeon who works in medical device development, and Thomas Milner, a University of Texas, Austin, biomedical engineer, kickstarted the the Bridge Ventilator Consortium.

The New York Times, March 31, 2020
The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?
landmark report last year from the National Academy of Sciences showed early deprivation leaves lasting scars — poor children on average are less healthy as adults, lower earnings and higher arrest rates. … It also found that safety net programs, by raising incomes, reduced the damage. “The weight of the evidence shows additional resources help kids,” said [Distinguished Professor] Greg Duncan, an economist at the University of California-Irvine who led the study group. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, March 30, 2020
CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public
[Professor] Ilhem Messaoudi, a University of California at Irvine epidemiologist, notes that the coronavirus is spread mainly through relatively heavy respiratory droplets. Maintaining the six-foot distance and frequent hand-washing are still the most effective ways to stop infections, she said. “Given the shortage of PPE available to our healthcare workforce, it is irresponsible for anyone to suggest that we should all don masks, reducing the supply for nurses and physicians who do not have the luxury of treating symptomatic, very sick patients from 6 feet away,” Messaoudi said in an email. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, March 30, 2020
Orange County coronavirus numbers parallel Italy, professors say
Local coronavirus data reported in coming days will be crucial in determining if Orange County is on the same path as Italy in the spread of the virus and its impact on local hospitals, according to two UC Irvine professors studying confirmed cases of COVID-19. In their analysis, based on the number of case counts per 1 million people, colleagues Dominik Wodarz [professor of public health], who studies the dynamics of infectious diseases, and Natalia Komarova, a math professor, put Orange County about 20 days behind the date when Italy’s hospital system became overwhelmed by the number of COVID-19 cases in that country. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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