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Nature, Sept. 1, 2020
How many people has the coronavirus killed?
At the beginning of March, Andrew Noymer felt a familiar twinge of doubt. He was watching countries across Europe and North America begin to record their first deaths from COVID-19, and he knew there could be problems with the data. …There were bound to be deaths from COVID-19 going unreported, thought Noymer, a demographer at the University of California, Irvine. “I just remember thinking, ‘this is going to be really difficult to explain to people’,” he recalls. And in March and April, when national statistics offices began to release tallies of the number of deaths, it confirmed his suspicions: the pandemic was killing a lot more people than the COVID-19 figures alone would suggest.

The Economist, Aug. 19, 2020
Worlds apart – Changes to China’s hukou system are creating new divides
Whereas the hukou system has historically cemented inequalities between urbanites and country-dwellers, it now enforces a divide between people born into wealthy cities and those who must scrape by in poor ones. “The rising issue is where you are actually registered, and what that registration means for your entitlements,” says Samantha Vortherms of University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 31, 2020
Startups & Innovations – COVID Innovations
The University of California, Irvine said it has developed a low-cost, rapid coronavirus antibody detection platform that can read diagnostics tests. It could be ready for commercialization by the end of the year. UCI is working with Irvine startups Nanommune Inc., which is led by Phil Felgner, director of the Vaccine R&D Center at UCI, and Velox Biosystems Inc. to scale the platform for use in U.S. and abroad. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

EdSource, Sept. 1, 2020
UC Santa Barbara scales back reopening plans, citing Covid-19 infections among students
UC Santa Barbara now joins at least five other UC undergraduate campuses — out of nine in total — that will conduct essentially all classes remotely this fall because of the threat of the coronavirus. UC Irvine, UCLA and UC Riverside will hold almost all classes online when classes begin at those campuses in about a month. … UC Irvine is still planning to offer housing to one student per bedroom in its residence halls, but is offering fewer than 20 courses in person.

KTLA5, Aug. 31, 2020 (Video)
Baby of pregnant woman killed by alleged DUI driver in Anaheim leaves hospital, goes home with her dad
The newborn, named Adalyn Rose, was initially placed in the neonatal intensive care unit, on a respiratory tube, at UCI Medical Center. In the nearly three weeks since then, she’s made substantial progress and was ready to go home Monday. Nurses lined the hallway of the hospital and cheered as James Alvarez carried his daughter out for the first time.

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