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The New York Times, May 5, 2020
Coronavirus in the U.S.: An Unrelenting Crush of Cases and Deaths
While dozens of rural counties have no known coronavirus cases, a panoramic view of the country reveals a grim and distressing picture. “If you include New York, it looks like a plateau moving down,’’ said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “If you exclude New York, it’s a plateau slowly moving up.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

KQED, May 5, 2020 (Video)
How COVID-19 Attacks Your Lungs
“There’s no reason to think we can’t generate a vaccine,” said Luis P. Villarreal, professor emeritus at the School of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine. “Then it will be controlled just like measles was and it can be eradicated if you choose to really implement it on a large scale. It would be difficult, but it could be eradicated.”

HuffPost, May 5, 2020 (Video)
This Is Your Body And Brain On Coronavirus News
Past evidence demonstrates that “when the brain is shown images of something potentially traumatic, the centers of the brain that are responsible for fear response light up [and] the centers of brain that are related to the development of PTSD light up,” said Alison Holman, a psychologist and associate professor of nursing at the University of California Irvine. … Holman, who is researching how coronavirus news is impacting people’s health, said what’s particularly concerning is how incessant and multifaceted the news is. … When you combine that constant exposure and a 24/7 output of new information that’s not at all positive, it can really wear on people, Holman added.

AP, May 5, 2020
Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation
“Just like you wouldn’t want to premiere your play straight to Broadway, it’s hard to have a very new or very changed system in a high-stakes presidential election, especially under conditions where normal meetings, trainings, might be impacted by the pandemic,” said Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.

CALmatters, May 5, 2020
Track us better: overlooked Pacific Islanders hit hard by coronavirus
The heavy burden didn’t surprise Britanny Morey, a public health professor at UC Irvine researching social and health inequities in Pacific Islanders. Pacific Islanders are likely more vulnerable to coronavirus since they are more likely to face poverty, live in dense neighborhoods and crowded homes, and work low-wage essential jobs that increase their risk of exposure. And while public health researchers lump Pacific Islander data with Asians, they probably share more social-economic traits and chronic conditions with African Americans, Morey said.

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