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Orange County Register, March 4, 2021
Pressure on Orange County’s hospitals eases after relentless winter surge
Whether hospitalizations will ever get as bad as they did in December and January is a matter of whether enough people can be vaccinated before COVID-19 has a chance to mutate into more contagious variants, said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine Medical Center. “This is a race against time,” Gohil said. “If we do our job really well and get the vaccine blanketed out there, then we stand a chance to stomp this out to a level where we really can end this pandemic.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

U.S. News & World Report, March 5, 2021
Dropping the Wait
“We’re seeing these sort of mob scenes,” whether it’s the “masking or non-masking groups” or people fighting about who gets priority for a vaccine, says Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the University of California Irvine’s Program in Public Health. “People will say, ‘Step to the top of the line if you have cancer,’ and, ‘Do not get in line if you have obesity.’ People feel it’s not your fault if you have cancer, but it is your fault if you are obese. I thought we had stopped this myth, which is incredibly irresponsible,” adds Boden-Albala, who is a member of a panel of experts informing on California’s public health response to the pandemic.

Popular Science, March 4, 2021
Masks, well-ventilated classrooms, and other precautions are key to reopening schools
The research all but shouts that closed schools have been exceedingly harmful for students. … “The bulk of schools that have remained closed…have been schools that tend to serve low-income kids,” says Dr. Dan Cooper, a pediatrician at the University of California, Irvine. … The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also said that teacher vaccination isn’t necessary to reopen schools. And Cooper agrees. “I am totally in favor of ‘Let’s get the teachers vaccinated as soon as we possibly can.’ But I would not make that a condition for reopening schools at all.”

Daily Pilot, March 4, 2021
Pacific Symphony filmed new performances in an empty concert hall. You can stream them for free
The Pacific Symphony returned to the stage this year for a new online performance series. … The safety protocols in the making of the series followed other California orchestras and were created in consultation with UC Irvine’s public health department. All participants were tested for COVID-19 prior to filming and stayed at least 6 feet apart onstage. The brass and wind musicians performed encased by plexiglass while St.Clair and the string players wore face masks. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

USA Today, March 5, 2021
WandaVision’s grieving Elizabeth Olsen was exactly what America needed
In 1989, psychologists Camille Wortman and [UCI professor] Roxane Silver authored a paper called, “The Myths of Coping with Loss.” … “It is more comforting to think that there’s a one size fits all response to grief, because then if there’s one way to respond, it’s easier to know what is abnormal,” Silver said. “Many people’s responses are influenced by events that they previously had in their lives. … Some people respond differently as a result of their measure of support.”

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