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The Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2020
Experts project autumn surge in coronavirus cases, with a peak after Election Day
“I firmly believe we will see distinct second waves, including in places that are done with their first waves. New York City, I’m looking at you,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine …. “I expect fall waves starting in mid-October and getting worse as fall heads into winter, and reaching a crescendo certainly after the election,” he said. “Some places will peak around Thanksgiving, some places will peak around Christmas, some places not until January and February.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2020
How to cope when everything keeps changing
Dr. Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine, agreed that focusing on the future rather than the past is what ultimately helps us cope with difficult experiences. “Many people throughout their lives encounter adversity that doesn’t go their way or is unexpected,” she said. “And when people successfully navigate these new life adversities, they are likely to learn things about themselves they didn’t realize.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

KCRW, Sept. 4, 2020 (Audio)
Zoom classes, no dorm parties, daily symptom checks: Living on-campus during the pandemic
Sophia Nakasone is about to be a senior at UC Irvine, where she’ll work as a resident advisor (RA) in the dorms. … “I’m double majoring in Economics and Criminology Law in Society. [And] no, all my classes will be online.” … “I had the RA position secured late February, early March. So I knew that would be a reason for me to come back to campus. Even though Student Housing has made it very clear and has been very understanding with us and has said, ‘If you ever feel uncomfortable being on campus, you’re more than welcome to go home and we understand.’ I think I was just looking for a sense of normalcy, going back to campus.”

The Hill,  Sept. 5, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Local pharmacies can reduce the dual risks of COVID19 and influenza this fall
Jonathan H. Watanabe, associate dean and Jan D. Hirsch, founding dean of the UCI School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences write, “At this moment, more than ever, convenient access to a clinician that provides immunization and testing is critical as COVID19 vaccines move closer to approval and rapid tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 increase in availability. Pharmacies can play a fundamental role in boosting vaccination rates and increasing testing to levels that will get the economy safely back on the sturdier footing and protecting loved ones at-risk.”

Voice of OC, Sept. 7, 2020
Labor Day puts focus on protecting OC workers and unemployed facing uphill battles throughout pandemic
UC Irvine economist Christopher Schwarz said the economy would’ve taken a hit even if things would’ve stayed open. “If you look at Sweden, who didn’t shut down the economy, their GDP dropped like Norway, who did shut down their economy,” Schwarz said. His colleague, economist Ami Glazer, echoed similar concerns to Voice of OC in early May, when the job losses first started hitting state and federal jobs reports. “There’s evidence that people stopped going to restaurants and stores even before governments imposed lockdowns. So the recession is not just because of government intervention,” Glazer previously said.

Previously “In the News”