UCI News

ABC7, May 17, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine researchers to conduct antibody testing for Orange County
A new antibody test that researchers say may be the most comprehensive in California is coming to Orange County. Researchers from UC Irvine plan to examine the blood of 5,000 people for antibodies to the coronavirus. … “What we’ve seen so far is that low-income and minority communities are experiencing the most severe symptoms and death rates,” Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of UCI’s Program in Public Health, said in a statement. “It’s tragic, and we have to know why this is happening and what we can do to prevent it. By partnering across Orange County, from Irvine and Newport Beach to Santa Ana and Anaheim, we can do this.”

The New York Times, May 15, 2020
Sweden Stayed Open. A Deadly Month Shows the Risks.
“It’s not a very flattering comparison for Sweden, which has such a great public health system,” said Andrew Noymer, a demographer at the University of California at Irvine. “There’s no reason Sweden should be doing worse than Norway, Denmark and Finland.” … But the country’s high death toll offers a warning, demographers say. “Sweden will be judged at the finish line,” Mr. Noymer said. “But it’s a very high-stakes risk, and the consequences are people’s lives.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

CBS Los Angeles, May 18, 2020 (Video)
Here Are 5 Ways An Expert Says The Pandemic May Change Status Quo For The Better
Aaron James, a philosophy professor with UC Irvine, joined us via Skype to discuss why he believes the pandemic problems may provide opportunities for positive progress.

Wired, May 18, 2020
How Smart City Planning Could Slow Future Pandemics
The dense, polluted, and crowded conditions they live in, along with the preexisting health conditions created by those conditions, are why the black community and other racial minorities are so disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. “It’s hard to transform cities built along lines of segregation,” says Richard Matthew, who studies urban planning, environmental change, and poverty at UC Irvine. “We manage the risk of rich parts of the city well, but we have left other parts of the city to fend for themselves.”

KPCC, May 15, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: LA County Latest, Second Wave In Asia And More
Guest: Shruti Gohil, M.D., professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine [said] “The key point is when you wear a mask, you are reducing your amount of any type of droplet that could go into the air in your local surroundings. We don’t live in bubbles. We can’t always guarantee we are going to have that bubble around us spatially at all times …. What masks do … is by covering up your secretions you are making sure don’t spread your germs to other people around you.

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