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NBC News (National), Oct. 26, 2020
California wildfire leaves two firefighters critically injured, forces 90,000 to evacuate
The University of California, Irvine, shut down all campus activities shortly before 11 a.m. PT. “It was completely terrible,” UCI graduate student Vanessa Montellano, 23, told NBC News, describing the scene outside her apartment on Monday morning. “I was like wow, the skies were orange, the sun was bright red, the tree was swaying. It was almost not real.”

Healthline, Oct. 26, 2020
Should the FDA have approved remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients?
Dr. Lanny Hsieh, clinical professor of infectious diseases at UCI Health, said the FDA’s move is “very exciting.” “Putting together all of the scientific evidence we have on remdesivir to date, it remains the standard of care for hospitalized patients with COVID-19,” she said. “Ultimately, it is our patients who would benefit from this FDA approval.”

Daily Pilot, Oct. 26, 2020 (Commentary)
Commentary: COVID-19 may redefine society as past crises have
I spoke with UC Irvine sociology professor Judith Stepan-Norris, an authority on workforce issues, about what sort of lasting effects might come out of the pandemic. … “There have been a lot more women that have dropped out of the workplace” this year, she said. In large measure that’s because we haven’t resolved the issue of child care ….” We’ve also seen the pandemic hit minorities and workers on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum particularly hard, she noted. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Grist, Oct. 26, 2020
Will COVID-19 give Santa Ana officials an excuse to ignore the city’s lead crisis?
Shahir Masri, one of the study’s lead co-authors, told Grist that the Santa Ana study shows that communities burdened by lead contamination are being left behind — particularly those without the financial means to address lead contamination in their soil themselves. “We have communities that are exceeding what EPA has decided is too high a risk, too high a concentration in the soil, and those communities aren’t being served,” said Masri, an assistant specialist in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine.

LAist, Oct. 23, 2020 (Audio)
In Orange County’s Little Saigon, Vietnamese American voters are courted in closely-watched congressional race
Opposition to Communism and hostility toward China is what initially brought the first waves of Vietnamese immigrants into the GOP fold. This was especially evident in Orange County, where many refugee arrivals were former South Vietnamese military and government officials, said Linda Trinh Vo, an Asian American studies professor at University of California, Irvine. “Their political leanings are going to be staunchly anti-Communist,” Vo said. “They have in many ways shaped the politics of Little Saigon in Orange County.”

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