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News & Spotlights

Article: Coronavirus is evolving. Whether it gets deadlier or not may depend on us - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The Guardian)
November 19, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

It’s too early to interpret the data on Covid-19, in part because nobody knows how many people have been infected – and there are many other factors in the mix, such as the changing age profile of the patient population and improvements in care – but we may already be seeing viral evolution in tumbling death rates. As epidemiologist Andrew Noymer of the University of California, Irvine, has pointed out, this would happen anyway, in time. But here’s the thing: we can accelerate it, if we choose to. We probably already are, in some parts of the world.

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Article: More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The Washington Post)
November 18, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

“We’re getting the herd immunity strategy whether we want it or not,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “We have a totally out- of-control epidemic and we are taking baby steps.”

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Article: CA Gov. Newsom Ignored Own COVID Rules During Party, Group of Lawmakers Travels to Hawaii - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (CBN)
November 18, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Newsom should be ashamed. “People should practice what they preach,” Noymer said. “It’s really tone-deaf and the fact that it is at one of the most elite restaurants in the world could really haunt him.”

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Article: Flying Through San Diego Airport for the Holidays? Here’s What to Know - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (KNSD)
November 18, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

The holidays are typically the busiest time of year for travel, but amid the threat of COVID-19, health experts are hoping more people stay closer to home this year. Andrew Noymer, a public health expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, joined LX News to discuss the health risks of holiday travel and safety tips for visiting relatives this year.

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Article: Is a second coronavirus wave hitting Orange County? - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Voice of OC)
November 09, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

UC Irvine epidemiologist Daniel Parker said new cases could paint a picture of what was happening a couple weeks ago. … “So the transmission that’s happening right now, you’re not going to see that in cases for two or three weeks.” … Parker’s colleague, UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said the number of people in ICUs could indicate a second wave. … “But make no mistake about it, there’s going to be a second wave in Orange County and nationwide.”

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Article: UCI Podcast: What’s next with COVID - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (UCI Podcast)
November 09, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

Andrew Noymer is an associate professor of public health at UCI, and he’s an expert on public health responses to pandemics like COVID-19 and their long-term consequences. In this special UCI Podcast, he discusses what we’ve learned over the last eight months of the pandemic and what we can expect next with the novel coronavirus. For instance, we need to get prepared for a harsh winter with a surge of infections. Also, he talks about the impact a vaccine can make for having the general population reach herd immunity levels, and our realistic future living with a virus that won’t be going away anytime soon. And don’t forget, wearing a face covering works.

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Article: Should Disneyland reopen? Orange County says yes, but California disagrees - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (San Francisco Chronicle)
November 07, 2020 - Public Health News Spotlight

"I’m the biggest Disney fan in the whole wide world, and for mental health, I’d love to open up,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of the public health program at UC Irvine. "But we’re going into flu season, and we have not got a hold of this virus."

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