UCI News

CBS Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2020
Antibody screening In Orange County finds COVID-19 more widespread than previously thought
A UC Irvine study found 11.5% of county residents have antibodies for COVID-19, contrasted with previous estimates of less than 2%. According to researchers, Latino and low-income residents had the highest prevalence of SARS-CoV-02 antibodies with rates of 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively. … “There was this lurking suspicion that there’s a large fraction of people who have had it that did not know,” said Tim Bruckner, associate professor of public health. “Either they had symptoms and did not seek care, or they did not have symptoms and had no reason to go.”

Los Angeles Review of Books, Oct. 30, 2020 (Audio)
Richard L. Hasen on Election Meltdowns
Tom Zoellner talks to Rick Hasen about election law and the developments leading up to this year’s presidential election, and the likelihood of this being one of the disastrous ones. Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts.

Conde Nast Traveler, Oct. 29, 2020
Is it okay to fly if I’m only taking a short trip?
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and associate professor of public health at University of California Irvine …  said that travelers should consider quarantining for two weeks before trips if you’re planning to see others outside your immediate household. … “Yes, flying can be done safely, but there’s always going to be someone who cuts a corner here or there and could get sick. …There’s already plenty of spreading of COVID-19, even with us all staying in the same place. But the more we churn the U.S. population, the more it’s going to spread.”

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 29, 2020
Coronavirus is far more widespread in Orange County than reported, study shows
“Our study demonstrates that, while a significant number of O.C. residents were already exposed and developed antibodies to COVID-19, much of the county still remains vulnerable to the virus,” Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of [UCI’s] Program in Public Health, said in a statement. “For researchers, there is a lot more work to be done.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Oct. 29, 2020
UC Irvine researchers study beetle that can survive being run over by a car
The experiment it was involved in was part of a years-long study by UCI professor and principle investigator David Kisailus, who has been seeking to identify what makes the beetle so strong. “This diabolical ironclad beetle is not able to fly away, so it’s adapted to living on the ground,” Kisailus said. … After determining the cause of the beetle’s strength, Kisailus’ lab is working on applying the biological structure of the beetle to things humans engineer. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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