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News & Spotlights

Article: Covid-19 updates - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The New York Times)
May 07, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

The U.S. takes on a hopeful Covid outlook, but slowing vaccinations raise a note of caution. … “We’re in a really good spell and we can act accordingly,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor and] epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who said it made sense to loosen restrictions now, when the risk is lower than it might be this winter.

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Article: ‘Turning the corner’: U.S. COVID outlook reaches most hopeful point yet - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The New York Times)
May 06, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

For the moment, though, epidemiologists are uncharacteristically optimistic. “We’re in a really good spell and we can act accordingly,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor and] epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who said it made sense to loosen restrictions now, when the risk is lower than it might be this winter.

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Article: Tackling coronavirus vaccine hesitancy across Orange County - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (Voice of OC)
April 22, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

“First, we haven’t fully achieved full vaccination in any of the tiers [of eligible groups],” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, an epidemiologist and founding dean for the University of California, Irvine public health program, in a Thursday interview. … Boden-Albala said in underserved communities, “it’s not that there’s hesitancy per se, but there needs to be some better info, clarification of that info and the process of getting someone vaccinated. It’s not just ‘register here,’ it often takes someone to answer questions — especially in light of all the confusing information about vaccines like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

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Article: Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Los Angeles Times)
April 22, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

“Will we be masking in 2025? I doubt it. But it’s still too early to say when we will ditch them, and I think they’ll be one of the last things to go” said Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine associate professor of public health. “They’re cheap, they’re relatively easy to use and they work.”

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Article: Two new coronavirus vaccination clinics come to Santa Ana and Irvine - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (Voice of OC)
April 21, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Bernadette Boden-Albala, an epidemiologist and founding dean for the University of California, Irvine public health program, told Voice of OC on April 20 that while the county is “starting to move the needle” it’s “actually at a slower pace than the rest of the county.” “We have to make sure that we’re doing it at the same pace. And that’s something that people have a hard time understanding,” Boden-Albala said.

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Article: Orange County not yet ready to move into less restrictive yellow tier - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (KNBC (City News Service))
April 21, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

“The numbers are looking great in Orange County,” Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service. Noymer analyzed data from states across the country on Wednesday and noted that while some maybe be struggling with upswings in cases, that is not the case in California. … Noymer said it is probably time to turn over vaccinations to traditional healthcare providers like pharmacies.

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Article: Orange County’s bars, bowling alleys and race tracks can reopen after being closed for a year - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Voice of OC)
March 30, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

UC Irvine epidemiologist and public health expert, [Associate Professor] Andrew Noymer, said it’s a good milestone. “I think it’s appropriate to move to the Orange Tier because we created this system and it was designed for transparency.” Noymer said in a Tuesday phone interview. “If you don’t honor that, then people will feel like they’ve been sold a bill of goods. So we have to stand by the metrics that we proposed.” … Noymer also said people should still follow the public health protocols, like wearing masks and avoiding large indoor gatherings with people they don’t live with.

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