October 8 - Updates on COVID-19
#UCIconnected: Share your pandemic experience
Have you immersed yourself in a hobby (like the cooking wizardry, above right, of Roopa Atluri in Strategic Communications), embarked on an academic adventure (like Natasha Glendening, above left, a London-based public health Ph.D. student), created an unusual workstation, or given back through volunteering? If so, we’d like to hear about it. Introducing #UCIconnected, a new feature in this newsletter in which readers can share their pandemic activities. Send your photos and/or words to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
New positive cases
Two students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total of student cases since mid-March to 50. Currently, eight students are in quarantine after testing positive. UCI’s coronavirus testing and case dashboard can be viewed on the UCI Forward website.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
Why our sense of time is distorted during the pandemic
Stress and fear have created “a perfect storm for people feeling like they are living in a time warp—like the flow of time itself is distorted,” says UCI professor Alison Holman in an interview with Psychology Today.
- Adjusting to Adult Children Back at Home, Tuesday, 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff
California sees no link between school reopenings and virus spread
The state’s top public health official called the results of in-person K-12 instruction encouraging so far.
California theme parks won’t reopen soon, Newsom says
Although Florida began reopening amusement parks in June, and Disney parks from Shanghai to Paris are also back in operation, the governor said California parks must remain shuttered for the immediate future.
Virus hit U.S. long before anyone knew
Months before lockdowns and travel bans, Americans were the spreading coronavirus across the country, according to disease detectives and researchers.
Is this overlooked variable driving the pandemic?
The coronavirus may be an “overdispersed” pathogen, meaning it tends to spread in clusters.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
Amid the heartbreaking loss of life and economic hardship wrought by the coronavirus, we recognize the need for stories of kindness, hope, courage and humor.
Seinfeld talks to the coronavirus
In an excerpt from his new book, “Is This Anything?”, comedian Jerry Seinfeld writes, “I feel like if I could talk to the coronavirus I would say, ‘Let me understand this. I get you. You kill me. And then that kills you. Where are you going with this?’ … I guess it’s just a Kamikaze thing.”
40,000-piece puzzle helped occupy participants during lockdown
The collaborative jigsaw project was designed to build community bonds.