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Vox, May 20, 2020
How to fight fear and anxiety when quarantine ends
Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI professor of psychological science, medicine, and health [said] “I’ve been conducting research on how individuals and communities respond to traumatic life events for about 40 years. This is unlike anything we’ve experienced before, for a variety of reasons: There’s an invisible threat. We don’t know how bad this will get. We don’t know how long this will last. And, importantly, this is a global threat.”

The Sacramento Bee, May 20, 2020
As counties reopen, California rushes to build an army of coronavirus ‘disease detectives’
Andrew Noymer, an associate public health professor at the University of California, Irvine who has emerged as a leading voice on government response to the virus, suggests that may be the wrong track. On paper, a Bluetooth-based app that notifies a user they’ve been near someone who tested positive could help stem an outbreak, Noymer said. But he’s skeptical. It’s unclear how sensitive or accurate the tracking would be and how people without access to smartphones would be able to benefit from it. “I do think the privacy, the encroachment, concerns are nothing to be dismissed out of hand,” he added.

Al Jazeera, May 20, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Coronavirus leaked from a lab? Blame capitalism, not China
Li Zhang, UCI visiting assistant professor of global and international studies writes, “If this pandemic originated in China, the next one may break out in Brazil, Nigeria, the US or anywhere else really. Trading blame for this tragedy may be politically expedient for world leaders and the idea of a lab leak may come in handy, but none of this is really helping the world cope better with it. The real problems that cause new diseases to emerge and trigger pandemics are global, and much more intractable and concerning than lab accidents alone.”

Salon, May 20, 2020
After only 12% of minority-owned businesses received relief loans, many plan to close down: survey
“There is a structural flaw in this program. It uses banks as middlemen. Any time you create a big program and give banks the ability to choose which customers it prioritizes, you’re going to have disparities,” Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, told NBC News. “Credit disparities are where past injustices lead to present disparities.”

Orange County Register, May 18, 2020
Power of pets: Exploring psychological effects of adding a dog to the family
To better understand the effects of pet ownership, we talked to Dr. Sabrina E.B. Schuck, executive director of the UCI Child Development Center and assistant professor in residence in the Department of Pediatrics at the UCI School of Medicine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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