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Good Housekeeping, May 14, 2022
Omicron’s Latest Subvariant, BA.2.12.1, May Present 3 Misleading Early Symptoms
Susan Huang, M.D., the medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health in Orange County, indicates that current data available to healthcare providers suggest this latest Omicron subvariant is highly contagious. “This variant is about 25% more contagious than the original Omicron variant that entered the U.S. last fall — seemingly accounting for about 40% of current cases,” she tells Good Housekeeping.

Healthline, May 15, 2022
About 1 in 10 People Hospitalized with COVID-19 Are Readmitted or Die Within 30 Days
Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, D.Ph., the director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine, told Healthline that the virulence of COVID-19 and the strain that the pandemic has put on the healthcare system also are likely factors in COVID-19 readmissions. “As we’ve learned over the past three years, some strains of COVID, like the Delta variant, tend to produce more severe cases and send hospitalization rates skyrocketing,” she said.

Spectrum News 1, May 17, 2022
UCI doctoral candidate to present at the White House
A White House forum on youth mental health has one University of California, Irvine doctoral candidate readying a presentation. … UCI student Justine Bautista, 23 [will] co-present the concept for a podcast called “Mind In Progress,” …. Bautista said the podcast would feature a young person, likely between 18 and 25, discussing mental health with the second half of the show featuring a mental health professional who can offer commentary. … Bautista, who is currently pursuing her doctorate in the school of Social Ecology, has focused on digital mental health.

Bloomberg, May 16, 2022
China’s Covid Exit Hinges on Seniors Who Don’t Want Vaccines
“China really missed an opportunity in the last two years,” said Feng Wang, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has done research on demographic change in China. “In most other countries they started with the elderly, they gave priority to the elderly to get vaccinated. It was only in China the effort was put on vaccinating the younger population.”

The Orange County Register, May 13, 2022
2022 elections: Here’s how Orange County candidates would battle inflation
Reps. Mike Levin and Linda Sánchez both mentioned the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill approved in late 2021. Improving the country’s infrastructure will generally help to lower transportation costs and alleviate bottlenecks, said Eric Swanson, an economics professor at UC Irvine. But he noted it will take years for the projects funded by that bill to, say, increase the capacity of our ports and otherwise make a dent in supply-chain disruptions. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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