Saturday, October 24


UC researchers named to new state advisory group overseeing vaccine development

UCLA and University of California researchers will lead a team that will advise California officials on a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. California Gov. Gavin Newsom named a Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in a press release Monday, which will help California government officials vet a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available and help officials develop a plan to distribute the vaccine. Read more...




UCLA, UCSF medical faculty say wildfires may exacerbate health effects of COVID-19

California’s wildfire smoke and COVID-19 could create an unforeseen mixture of adverse health effects for the state’s residents, UCLA medical faculty said. Although little is known about long-term exposure to air pollutants like wildfire smoke and its particulates, there are preliminary studies that show the number and severity of COVID-19 cases are higher in areas with high air pollution, said Stephanie Christenson, a doctor and an assistant professor of pulmonology at UC San Francisco. Read more...



UCLA researchers find respirators can be cleaned and reused in case of shortage

Some respirators can be effectively decontaminated of the coronavirus and reused, which could help doctors when protective equipment supplies run low, UCLA researchers found. When using vaporized hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes, the researchers found no traces of SARS-CoV-2 on N95 respirators, said Amandine Gamble, a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA and a co-author of a study published in September in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal. Read more...



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