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Aug. 5 - COVID Q&A, mommy burnout

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Anteater Time Machine: Central campus in November 1966.

Anteater Time Machine: Central campus in November 1966.

Q&A Ask the Expert header

Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is fielded by David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team:

Will life ever return to normal?

Over the last 16 months, we have seen major curtailments to our daily activities and, as conditions improved, a return to many of those activities. However, as long as a large percentage of the population remains unvaccinated, COVID-19 will continue to circulate and require public health measures to help reduce the spread and keep our hospital and healthcare systems from being overwhelmed. The most important step a person can take to help get us back to normal is to be vaccinated.


Coping with mommy burnout

A UCI child psychiatrist discusses how to recognize and deal with pandemic-related burnout. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach,” Dr. Leslie Tarver says. “Ultimately, prioritizing your own mental health has a positive impact on the whole family.”


Why getting back to normal seems so complicated

Pandemic cave syndrome helps explain why reentering offices, classrooms and other old stomping grounds is likely to range from exhilarating to downright nerve-wracking

O.C.’s latest case rate and vaccination numbers

Vaccinations have inched up, but the daily case rate jumped from 8 per 100,000 people last week to 12.7 per 100,000 this week. ZIP code maps tell the story.


Are Vaccine Mandates Necessary To Curb The Spread Of Delta And Other Variants?

Texas Public Radio, Aug. 3 (Podcast)
Guest: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of law and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

Following attacks on voting rights and election process, UCI opens free speech and fair elections center

Daily Pilot, Aug. 4
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law, and Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s professor of law

OC School Board to Sue Newsom Over Mask Rule for Students

City News Service via Spectrum News 1, Aug. 4
Cited: Dr. Dan Cooper, professor of pediatrics, and Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention


Can pets talk to us? Grad student pens OC Register article

Nora Bradford, a Ph.D. student in cognitive sciences and a writer for NPR’s “Loh Down on Science,” had an article published in The Orange County Register on animal-human communication.

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Two new campus cases

One on-campus employee and one on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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