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Science, Sept. 8, 2020
Why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity—even if they’re young
Fat cells secrete several inflammation-triggering chemical messengers called cytokines, and more come from immune cells called macrophages that sweep in to clean up dead and dying fat cells. Those effects may compound the runaway cytokine activity that characterizes severe COVID-19. “You end up causing a lot of tissue damage, recruiting too many immune cells, destroying healthy bystander cells,” says Ilhem Messaoudi, an immunologist who studies host responses to viral infection at the University of California, Irvine.

California Healthline, Sept. 8, 2020
Exercise and diet are more important than ever with virus at large
The double challenge of protecting our health, including our immune systems, while battling unhealthy temptations “is a struggle everyone is dealing with,” says Dr. David Kilgore, director of the integrative medicine program at the University of California, Irvine.

DW, Sept. 8, 2020
How China’s influence is changing Hong Kong protests
“Last year, there were still cases in which protests were authorized, whereas none have been recently,” Jeff Wasserstrom, a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine, told DW. “The reason given has been the pandemic, but COVID-19 is not raging in Hong Kong right now. The police are turning a blind eye toward other kinds of gatherings,” Wasserstrom said, adding that the number of permitted protests will be far fewer in the future.

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 8, 2020
Pacific Symphony postpones 2020-21 season
Pacific Symphony said it has canceled its upcoming season due to the coronavirus. … The symphony is now aiming to restart in the 2021-22 season, with many of the same guest artists promised for the 2020-21 season. “To prepare for a return to the stage for recordings and live performances, we are working with leading epidemiologists from the University of California, Irvine to develop protocols assuring the health and safety of our musicians and audience,” they said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Broadway World, Sept. 8, 2020
16 college students share their back to school experiences

Lauren Knight at University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA
What are your college’s plans for the fall? Online only
How are your acting/singing/dancing courses working for online? Via Zoom and/or self-tapes
How are shows being planned for online? Zoom and filmed song selections

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