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October 8 - Updates on COVID-19

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#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 marketing@ad.uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


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.


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.

Upcoming events


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.


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.