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The New York Times, March 29, 2022
Americans are taking fewer precautions two years into the pandemic, a poll says.
As the United States entered its third year of the pandemic, fewer Americans are reporting that they have been wearing masks in recent months, according to a poll released on Tuesday by The Associated Press and NORC. … Andrew Noymer, [associate] public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said the poll results reflected that the country was at a lull in the pandemic, with the U.S. caseloads at their lowest point since the winter Omicron surge. “Partly it’s fatigue,” he said, “and partly it’s that they’re being authorized to take fewer precautions by the C.D.C.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Marketplace, March 24, 2022 (Audio)
Student loan forbearance is set to end … or is it?
Others, like [Professor] Dalié Jiménez, who directs the Student Loan Law Initiative at the University of California, Irvine, say the loans should be erased altogether or not needed in the first place. She believes college should cost less. “The answer is to allow people to continue their education and to do it without having to bankrupt themselves,” Jiménez said, especially if more jobs require college degrees.

Verywell Health, March 30, 2022
Can COVID-19 Tests Detect BA.2 Variant?
Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH, MPH, director and founding dean at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, told Verywell that people should test a few times to make sure results whether positive or negative are truly accurate. … “Early studies show that if you’ve previously had Omicron, you likely have good protection against BA.2, at least for now,” Boden-Albala said. “We’re still learning more about how long that immunity lasts.”

Deseret News, March 24, 2022
The underdiscussed upsides of screen time for kids
Often, the anxiety tech creates has nothing to do with laptops, tablets and iPhones but arises from parents’ perception that they can be harmful says Candice Odgers, a professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine. … When they get involved in online communities or learn to run Youtube channels and blogs and make content, adolescents learn skills that will help them survive in the digital world later on, says Mimi Ito, [professor in residence], a cultural anthropologist of technology use at the University of California, Irvine.

Generations, March 23, 2022
Apprehension and the Aging of Undocumented Parents
Laura E. Enriquez, PhD, UCI associate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and Josefina Flores Morales at UCLA write, “Older undocumented adults will undoubtedly have caregiver and economic needs. In the absence of government safety net programs, the provision of these resources will likely fall to families, nonprofit organizations and other institutions. We need to invest in policies that will aid families in meeting these challenges.”

Previously “In the News”