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Orange County Register, Oct. 28, 2020
Study finds 12% of Orange County residents had coronavirus by summer
“What was most surprising among the researchers was how high the seroprevalence of COVID was,” said Tim Bruckner, a study principal and associate professor of public health at UC Irvine. “We had a suspicion there would be more cases if we looked in the overall community rather than just at those asking for testing, but we didn’t understand how widespread it was already. … We are nowhere near herd immunity,” Bruckner said. “The argument that we’re very close and will turn the corner soon isn’t borne out by the data.” [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

ABC7, Oct. 28, 2020 (Video)
Study: COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in Orange County than previously thought
“This rigorously designed surveillance study offers important information about how many residents of Orange County have already been exposed to COVID-19,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of UCI’s Program in Public Health, in a press release. “Additionally, the study helps us to understand the impact of disparities.” [Also appears on KNX and KFI radio.]

Bloomberg, Oct. 29, 2020
Bloomberg equality: Finding a way out of Covid’s long shadow
“There’s a lot of people who may not realize that they’ve been negatively affected,” said Vellore Arthi, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of a new working paper “Disease, Downturns and Wellbeing: Economic History and the Long-Run Impacts of Covid-19.” “People who get sick or who suffer in their work capacity later on, that ends up being economically costly to themselves but also to the wider economy.”

Salon, Oct. 29, 2020
Trump wants the Supreme Court to help him win the election. It’s unlikely — but still possible
“It is unlikely the Supreme Court will decide the 2020 elections because it would have to be so close in a state pivotal to the Electoral College that litigating could make a difference,” Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, told Salon. “That’s what happened in 2000 and it could happen again, but odds are against it. If cases do get to the court, we have seen the court divide along ideological and party lines in some key election cases. I hope that would not be the case in 2020.”

The Federalist, Oct. 29, 2020
If big business cares about social justice, why isn’t it saying anything about China?
“There’s some things that don’t help,” Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor of Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, said in an interview. “Of course, heads of companies and heads of universities need to go to China, but they can say they don’t want the photo op with Xi. They don’t have to be on Central TV news applauding him. They can shape the parameters of what they do.”

Previously “In the News”