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May 21 - Updates on COVID-19

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5 ways the pandemic is changing the world for the better

The School of Humanities shared an interview with UCI philosopher Aaron James on five ways the pandemic may be changing the status quo for the better.


UCI Chancellor talks COVID-19 research, testing, and keeping people employed

The Orange County Business Council welcomed Chancellor Howard Gillman for its first-ever virtual Chairman’s Leadership Breakfast. Interviewed by OCBC’s President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, Gillman reflected on how UCI is leading the nation in collaborative, holistic health expertise as well as research, testing, vaccines and innovation in the face of COVID-19, plus “virtual” graduation for 2020. With 35,000 students and 20,000 employees, UCI is the second largest OC employer.


University of California campuses will open in the fall, Napolitano says

University of California president Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that “every campus will be open and offering instruction” this fall despite the coronavirus outbreak that has shuttered most campus activity across the state. “The question will be how much of that instruction is in-person versus how much is done remotely,” Napolitano added during remarks to the UC Board of Regents. Campuses are still making decisions on their fall scenarios, which may be finalized in June, she said.

UC Board of Regents discusses impact of COVID-19

The UC Board of Regents is meeting virtually over Zoom this week. Topics include the impacts of COVID-19 on academic and student issues and the UC system’s finances.


California educators: Expect ‘hybrid’ classrooms in the fall

California Schools Superintendent Tony Thurmond said he expects a mix of in-person and distance learning with fewer children in classes, hallways and other common areas as campuses try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Students will likely wear masks, as will teachers and staff.

CDC releases “How COVID-19 Spreads”

CDC says COVID-19 spreads mainly person-to-person and not easily in other ways, like touching surfaces.

Apple and Google release technology to notify of possible coronavirus exposure

Apple and Google released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to COVID-19.

Orange County sees highest daily increase in cases, deaths

Yesterday, Orange County saw the highest daily increases in coronavirus cases and fatalities since the outbreak began. Another 249 cases were confirmed and 10 more deaths were reported. Orange County now has more than 4,700 cases and 98 deaths.

Additional 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment

First-time filings for unemployment last week totaled 2.4 million. That brings the total filings during the COVID-19 pandemic to 38.6 million people.

TSA makes changes to airport security to combat COVID-19

TSA announced several changes to the airport screening process in an effort to combat coronavirus. The changes include things like passengers holding onto their boarding passes the entire time, social distancing while in line for security and putting all food in a separate bin.

Orange County projects $458 million drop in revenue

The county government is anticipating a $458 million drop in revenue between now and the middle of next year.

How to stay safe at a Memorial Day BBQ

An epidemiology expert joined CNN to discuss how to safely celebrate Memorial Day. Some tips include everyone bringing their own food and plastic utensils and guests using a piece of tissue to open and close the bathroom door.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2020
Hospitals brace for mental-health crisis among doctors and nurses

ABC7, May 21, 2020 (Video)
UCI physicists say Blu-ray diode lasers could be used to help sterilize COVID-19

Salon, May 21, 2020
Federal judge rules that all Texas voters can apply to vote by mail amid coronavirus pandemic

Bloomberg, May 21, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Ohio readies for the Covid-Russia-Trump election

Phys.org, May 21, 2020
Physicists exploring use of Blu-ray disc lasers to kill COVID-19, other viruses

Voice of America, May 21, 2020
Mental health impacts may outlast pandemic, study finds

The New York Times, May 20, 2020
All 50 states are now reopening. but at what cost?

CBS2, May 20, 2020 (Video)
SoCal sewage study to track COVID-19

Men’s Health, May 20, 2020
When will the novel coronavirus pandemic be over?

Managed Healthcare Executive, May 20, 2020
Cancer care in the time of COVID-19 and after

Scientific American, May 20, 2020
Global CO2 emissions saw record drop during pandemic lockdown

Deadline, May 20, 2020
Coping with COVID-19 crisis: Acting students step – virtually – into an industry without traditional launchpad live showcases

Mercury News, May 20, 2020
Stanford researcher says coronavirus isn’t as fatal as we thought; critics say he’s missing the point

The Regulatory Review, May 19, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: The Trump administration’s pandemic response is structured to fail


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