With the pandemic limiting summer job opportunities, campus administrators provide a seasonal safety net During most summers, graduate students at UCI stay busy – and make money – in various ways, from performing in summer stock theater to serving as teaching assistants, doing internships, helping to lead summer camps, tutoring kids and – for many international students – returning home to work and spend time with loved ones. The COVID-19 pandemic nearly turned summer 2020 into an economic disaster for UCI’s 6,500 graduate students. The university, however, allocated $3 million to fund two fellowship programs and assist other students facing a drastic drop in income.
Epidemiologists such as Andrew Noymer, a professor of public health at UC Irvine, don’t pay much mind to round-number milestones in cases or deaths, which aren’t statistically important in monitoring the speed and spread of the pandemic. … “It’s still killing older residents,” Noymer said. “That’s mirrored what we’ve seen nationwide.”
For Orange County to be able to reopen safely, it can’t just be public health experts saying we need to implement the kinds of policies and procedures that will keep everyone safe, says Karen Edwards, professor and chair of epidemiology
Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, also took issue with the study, particularly because — unlike COVID-19 — the flu is already treatable because of the presence of annual vaccinations. “Not everyone is susceptible to the flu. Everyone is susceptible to COVID-19,” Noymer told the newspaper. “These flu comparisons are missing the forest for the trees.”
“It’s absolutely in line with what I’ve seen,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at UC Irvine who has been tracking the city case counts over time. “I think there’s no part of the county that can be construed to be COVID-free at this point,” he added. …“You can get higher percentage growth with just a few cases. And so that is a phenomenon,” Noymer said of south county. “But I do believe there’s real growth there because of the masking, or lack thereof.”
“My fear is the role of schools in being an engine or catalyst for a broader outbreak,” said Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor of public health at UC Irvine. “At the same time, I understand that parents very often need to get to work themselves, so we’re putting parents in a major bind by canceling school. So we’re kind of between a rock and a hard place here. I could argue again from the other hand that if a kid’s parent dies, that’s worse for their welfare than being kept at home.”
According to UCI, this is the first website to provide county-to-county comparisons of up-to-date key trends around coronavirus statistics. It offers color-coded Orange County maps, produced by UCI assistant professor of public health Daniel Parker, that show spatial patterns of growth in the number of cases, the number of tests and the fractions of positive tests from March through July. “There is no shortage of COVID-19-related data visualizations out in the world, but what has been lacking is a platform for easy visualization and comparison of trends in California’s counties,” said Vladimir Minin, a UCI professor of statistics who led the team responsible for designing and creating the site.