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Healthline, May 7, 2021
I’m Fully Vaccinated. When, Where, and Why Should I Still Mask Up?
Dr. Shruti Gohil, MPH, [UCI associate medical director of epidemiology & infection prevention], said, “The larger public health goal is to limit transmissions at a population level.” Vaccination is one strategy for achieving this goal, she said. However, until community prevalence is low enough, we must all continue to wear masks indoors. … “I have no doubt that when prevalence levels become low enough, masking requirements will loosen,” she added. “The CDC has already loosened criteria for vaccinated individuals to be able to engage with others who are vaccinated without masks.”

Good Housekeeping, May 7, 2021
Are Summer Camps Safe This Year? What Parents Should Look for During COVID-19
The risk level for your child (or others in your family) to contract COVID-19 often depends on how viral the infectious disease is in your area, as well as the structure of the camp program you’ve chosen for your child, explains José Mayorga, M.D., the executive director of the University of California Irvine Health‘s Family Health Centers and a clinical professor at the university’s School of Medicine. … As Dr. Mayorga established above, you’ll need to exercise extra caution around sleepaway camps and plan for mandatory quarantines and more.

The Economist, May 6, 2021
A new age of suburbanisation could be dawning
Broad adoption of remote work stands to drastically alter households’ locational calculations. Recent research by Jan Brueckner, [Distinguished Professor of economics], of the University of California, Irvine, and Gary Lin and Matthew Kahn of Johns Hopkins University considers two ways in which a transformation might unfold. People with high-productivity jobs could work remotely from anywhere, potentially severing the link between a local economy’s productivity and the demand to live there, and thus enabling a large-scale migration from high-cost cities to low-cost ones. And remote work could allow workers to spend more time at home while still occasionally commuting into the office. In that case, remote work would reduce the cost of a given commute and might thus lead metropolitan areas to become more sprawling.

National Geographic, May 7, 2021
‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops
“When we sweat, water evaporates from our skin, and that evaporation acts as a cooling mechanism for our body,” says Amir AghaKouchak, [professor, civil and environmental engineering], a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “Earth’s surface works the same way.” Agha Kouchak and a colleague Laurie Huning recently found that in the western U.S., snow droughts lasted 28 percent longer after 2000, compared with the previous 20 years. And the effects cascade. Less snow can lead to drier soils, which can increase the chance of heat waves, which dry soils further.

TIME, May 9, 2021
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Have Come to the U.S. Will They Work?
“This mosquito is an invasive species,” says Anthony James, a [Donald Bren] professor of microbiology at the University of California Irvine who specializes in genetic research on mosquitoes. “Any effort to get it out of the environment is not likely to have a significant ecological impact.”

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