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News & Spotlights

Article: UCI Podcast: We’re tired of COVID-19, let’s go to Thailand! - featuring Daniel Parker (Daniel Parker takes us on a tour of Myanmar)
March 12, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Daniel Parker takes us on a tour of Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand through his work with malaria in areas of conflict. Tired of talking about COVID-19? We are, so as we approach the one-year anniversary of California’s shutdown, we are taking a break. On this special episode of the UCI Podcast, Infectious Disease Specialist Daniel Parker and Communications Officer Nicole Feldman take you on a tour of Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand. They talk about Parker’s work with diseases that affect millions of people each year but are rarely discussed in the United States.

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Article: UCI Podcast: What’s next with COVID - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Public health researcher Andrew Noymer discusses how the novel coronavirus will be us for a while )
March 09, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Public health researcher Andrew Noymer discusses how the novel coronavirus will be with us for a while. 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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MPH student Herschell Dayag receives UCI Graduate Division’s Brython Davis fellowship
March 08, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Congratulations to MPH student Herschell Dayag for receiving the UCI Graduate Division’s Brython Davis fellowship in recognition of his outstanding past academic achievements and future promise.



Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan Earns Honors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Institute, and Consortium of Universities for Global Health
March 08, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan who recently received honors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Institute, and Consortium of Universities for Global Health for outstanding service on the 2021 Global Health Workforce Panel.



Article: This summer is going to be fun, finally — but far from normal. - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Insider)
March 01, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Other experts will still seek seclusion. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist [and associate professor] at University of California, Irvine is plotting some time in his “own little bubble” in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Article: US coronavirus cases have dropped 70% in the last six weeks. Experts chalk it up to more immunity and better behavior. - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Yahoo News)
February 26, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, recently told Insider that the US may be underestimating the prevalence of asymptomatic infections. Indeed, a recent model suggests that just 13% to 18% of COVID-19 cases are symptomatic. Given that asymptomatic people are less likely to seek a test, this could indicate that official case counts are missing a lot of infections.

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Article: Nearly 30% of ICU beds available, as Orange County COVID hospitalizations continue decline - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (KNBC)
February 28, 2021 - Public Health News Spotlight

Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, said vaccine distribution has improved in recent weeks. He said he preferred that pharmacies would have taken the lead in getting shots in arms, but added, “ultimately you need both” government-run sites and private health care points of distribution. Overall, the decreases in cases and the ramping up of inoculations has the country heading closer to getting past the pandemic, Noymer said. “The news has never been better in a long time,” Noymer said.

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