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FSPH In The News - for the week of December 6, 2020 - 12:00am

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December 6, 2020 to December 12, 2020

FEATURES (COVID-19 broadcast)

COVID-19: “These Vaccines Absolutely Cannot Cause COVID”

CNN (Dec. 11) interviewed Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. “These vaccines absolutely cannot cause COVID," Choi said. “Fevers and other signals like chills, nausea, fatigue, they're all signs that our body is learning how to fight the virus... they're signals the vaccine is working.”

COVID-19: “The Pressure the Trump Administration is Placing on the FDA”

NBC (Dec. 11) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the pressure the Trump Administration has placed on the FDA.

COVID-19: “Two-Thirds of Healthcare Workers Surveyed Have Reservations About Vaccine Program”

KNBC-TV (Dec. 10) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about how healthcare specialists, essential workers, and those at high risk, will be vaccinated, as well has whether healthcare workers are open to the vaccine program. “We did this study and two-thirds of healthcare workers that we surveyed expressed a desire to delay vaccination or not get vaccinated at all,” Rimoin said. “We need to be making sure that people have the information needed to be able to make their own decision about getting this vaccine, and make sure that they have information so that they can be allies in the process.” Also quoted was Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer and director of the Division of Assessment, Planning, and Quality at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “Pfizer is planning to immediately ship out vaccine; they ship directly to nine (receiving) sites,” Simon said. “We’ll begin vaccinating (healthcare specialists) the beginning of next week … our hope is we’ll be able to start rolling out (to essential workers and high risk patients) next month.”

COVID-19: Doctor Describes Experience as a Pfizer Vaccine Trial Participant

Univision (Dec. 10) interviewed Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. “It's very important health care providers are ready to talk to patients about what to expect from the vaccine and what side effects could look like,” Choi said.

COVID-19: The Impact of the Biden Administration on the Pandemic Response

MSNBC (Dec. 9) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the impact of the transition from the Trump Administration to the Biden Administration on the U.S. response to the pandemic. “This is really going to be a change in how we're managing COVID-19 here in this country, when we have our leaders actually using science and modeling good behavior that everybody can see, it will make an enormous difference,” Rimoin said. “I think that the Biden transition, if we can get there in time, will save lives, and that's the bottom line. We need to save lives.”

COVID-19: U.S. Faces Challenges of Vaccine Distribution and Distrust

Global TV (Dec. 9, Canada) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about her study of vaccine acceptance among healthcare workers in southern California, which found that two-thirds are cautious about the vaccines. “This was about these specific COVID-19 vaccines,” Rimoin said. “And that has to deal with politicization of the process and the speed at which these vaccines were developed.”

COVID-19: California ICU Capacity Outlook

KPCC-FM (Dec. 9) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the impact of the pandemic on ICU capacity. “It’s very concerning, particularly if you look at hospitalization,” Brewer said. “In Los Angeles County right now we’re sitting at about 16% ICU capacity, (but) if you look at hospitalizations they’ve gone up almost three-fold over the course of about six weeks and obviously that’s going to put stress not just on the hospitals, but on the ICUs as well.” A related story ran on LAist.

COVID-19: Next Stimulus Package May Include Eviction Moratorium

CNBC (Dec. 9) quoted Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, about how evictions have influenced the spread of the pandemic in the United States. “When you're looking at an infectious disease like Covid-19, evictions can have an impact not only on the health of evicted families, but also on the health of the broader community,” Leifheit said. It also ran on KNBC-TV (NBC affiliate, Los Angeles), KNSD-TV (NBC affiliate, San Diego), WNBC-TV (New York), and MSN. Similar stories ran on CalMatters, the San Jose Mercury News, East Bay Times, Silicon Valley.com, the Marin Independent Journal, and the Lost Coast Outpost, and both WUNC-FM and WCQS-FM (North Carolina public radio).

COVID-19: “We are at Great Risk of Exponential Spread”

The BBC (Dec. 8) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the potential for even greater spread of the pandemic this winter. “We are at great risk of exponential spread, not just in the United States but globally,” Rimoin said. “We just cannot underestimate the importance of the logistics are involved here.”

COVID-19: Trump Administration Passed Up Offer to Buy More Vaccine Doses from Pfizer

CNN (Dec. 8) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about reports the Trump Administration chose not to purchase additional vaccine doses this past summer. “We know that we need vaccines here in this country,” Rimoin said. “It’s just another indication that we just have not had a good grasp of the next steps going forward … it’s a real shame for the United States.”

COVID-19: Over Half of Americans Plan to get Coronavirus Vaccine as Soon as It's Available, Survey Finds

KABC-TV (Dec. 8) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about public acceptance of the coronavirus vaccines. “It's reasonable to question things," Rimoin said. "What's really important for people to understand is that vaccines go through very rigorous testing protocols. Vaccines are very safe."

COVID-19: Restaurateurs Believe Outdoor Dining is Safe, Say Their Survey Proves it

Spectrum One (Dec. 8) interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about a survey by the restaurant industry regarding coronavirus cases among Los Angeles-area food service staff. “We can’t make policy decisions based on industry surveys. Unfortunately, industry surveys are subject to several possible significant biases that need to be put into perspective when evaluating their results,” Shafir said. “Additionally, science depends on a rigorous process of peer-review that is typically missing in industry surveys.”

COVID-19: Latinos - One Year Under the Pandemic.

Radio Bilingue (Dec. 7, Spanish) interviewed David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about why the pandemic has taken the heaviest toll on Latino families and communities in California and other states.

COVID-19: Millions in California Now Under New Restrictions

CNN (Dec. 7) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the latest restrictions in California. “We really need to be able to pull out all the stops to be able to stop this tsunami, and begin to flatten the curve,” Kim-Farley said. “Here in southern California, only something like 10.3% of our ICU beds are now available.”

 

FEATURES (COVID-19 text and online)

COVID-19: After Hitting Los Angeles, Wave Now Battering All of Southern California’s Counties

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 12) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about record levels of new daily infections in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. “The velocity of the increase — or the steepness of the curve — is much more prominent now than it was earlier,” Kim-Farley said. “I think that it is a result of the widespread transmission that was occurring over the Thanksgiving holidays such that so many people — either asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people — were spreading the disease not only among themselves but within their own families.”

COVID-19: How Long Until the COVID-19 Vaccine Gets to the General Public?

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 12) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about California’s plan to rollout of millions of immunizations, and how and when the vaccine will be distributed across the state. “You can do the math and see we won’t get beyond that high-risk group even with the initial allotments we are supposed to receive,” Brewer said. Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, was also quoted. “There’s a lot of haziness about how you would define an essential worker,” Simon said. “That’s a very broad group.”

COVID-19: Pandemic-related School Closures Could Shorten Life Spans, Study Says

Excelsior (Dec. 12, Spanish) quoted Frederick Zimmerman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, in a story about his Journal of the American Medical Association study that found children whose educations have been disrupted by the pandemic may suffer life-long consequences, including shorter life spans. “If the choice is just between keeping schools open or closing them in the face of this unprecedented upsurge in COVID-19 cases, I would favor closing them,” Zimmerman said. “But that isn’t the only choice.”

COVID-19: Five Things to Know About the Pfizer Vaccine

Buzzfeed (Dec. 12) interviewed Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. “I had adverse effects, and I would still tell people go get a shot,” Choi said. “You might plan to take the day off after getting the shot.” A similar item ran on Univision.

COVID-19: What’s the Risk Assessment Planning Tool?

Women’s Health (Dec. 11) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool, an online tool developed by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, and Stanford University. “How does the risk percentage help you decide how to modulate your activities? Is what you would do at a 77 percent risk level different from what you would do at 67 percent or 87 percent? That’s the challenge,” Brewer said. “The state or county will tell you to stay at home and wear your mask—then you know what you need to do.” The story also ran on MSN.

COVID-19: Los Angeles County Surges Hit Upscale Suburbs as Well as the Inner City

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 11) interviewed Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer and director of the Division of Assessment, Planning, and Quality at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, about spread across the county. “I’d want to probably look at the trend over a period of time,” Simon said.

COVID-19: Evictions Could Have Caused Nearly 11,000 Unnecessary Deaths

Vox (Dec. 11) interviewed Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, about her study of how evictions influence spread of the coronavirus. “The size of the association and the number of cases and deaths that we end up attributing to these moratoriums lifting was surprising to us,” Leifheit said. “Evictions disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities ... often people that have comorbidities and health problems prior to experiencing eviction.”

COVID-19: Hate the Outdoor Restaurant Ban?

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 10) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about why the outdoor restaurant ban is essential. “If you’re going to be outside … you could get the virus,” Kim-Farley said.

COVID-19: Los Angeles County Shatters Record With 12,741 New Cases in One Day

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 10) interviewed Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer and director of the Division of Assessment, Planning, and Quality at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, about the explosion of virus transmission over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Like a speeding car approaching a cliff, if we do not rapidly change course, we are in jeopardy of catastrophic consequences,” Simon said.

COVID-19: New Los Angeles County Cases Climb to Nearly 13,000 as the Focus Turns to Vaccines

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 10) interviewed Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer and director of the Division of Assessment, Planning, and Quality at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, about the upcoming vaccination campaign in the county. “We hope effectiveness will be as high as the efficacy (in vaccine trials,) but we will need to track things for a couple of months,” Simon said. “I’m cautiously optimistic that by late summer we could get back to the things we’re used to doing; I don’t want to sound like I’m making a promise because we just don’t know.”

COVID-19: Southern California is Driving Record Deaths With No Signs of Letting up

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 10) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about pandemic-related deaths reaching record levels in California this week. “If it’s a downpour — because the whole community has widespread transmission — if you’re going to be outside, you’re going to get wet. You could get the virus,” Kim-Farley said. The story also ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Seattle Times.

COVID-19: Here’s How California Plans to Distribute the Vaccine

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 10) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about California’s plan to rollout of millions of immunizations, and how long it will take to be effective across the state. “If I were planning a wedding for next summer, I would plan it in a way so that everything is cancelable,” Brewer said. “I’m optimistic we will have a better Thanksgiving and Christmas next year than we did this year.”

COVID-19: UCLA Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Medicaid Pandemic Response

MyNewsLA (Dec. 10) quoted Nadereh Pourat, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how California counties are responding to the pandemic. “The program targets many at-risk populations, including those who are homeless and needed shelter or with complex conditions and needed extra support during the lockdown,” Pourat said. Similar stories ran on KVEA-TV (Spanish) and City News Service.

COVID-19: Pfizer’s Vaccine Offers Strong Protection After First Dose

The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 9) interviewed Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. “It wouldn’t have been a day I could have gone to work,” she said. “I would have felt too bad to take care of patients.” The story was referenced by KHN.

COVID-19: Pandemic Fatigue Sets in Among Californians as State Faces ‘Viral Tsunami’

The Sacramento Bee (Dec. 9) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about the impact of California’s “safer-at-home” orders in the 2020 pandemic fight. “If everybody was playing by the rules, if we all stayed at home for three or four weeks, we could actually conquer this virus, even without a vaccine,” Michels said. “But people’s behavior is just, unfortunately, undermining the success of starving this virus.” Also quoted was Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences. “That park you go to or that store you go to, now becomes a source of transmission for you,” Kim-Farley said. “It builds on itself, and that’s what we’re seeing right now.” The story also ran in the Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee, Napa Valley Register, Bakersfield Californian, Solano County (CA) Daily Republic, and Santa Rosa (CA) Press-Democrat.

COVID-19: Pfizer’s Vaccine Offers Strong Protection After First Dose

The New York Times (Dec. 8) quoted Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, and how medical professionals should explain the likely effects to vaccine recipients. “Clinicians will need to be prepared to discuss with patients why they should trust the vaccine and that its adverse effects could look a lot like COVID-19,” Choi wrote in a first-person piece published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Similar stories were run by CTV (Canada), Inside Edition, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, the International Business Times, Fintech, and WebMD.

COVID-19: Evictions Fuel Raging Flames of Pandemic

The San Antonio Express-News (Dec. 8, Texas) quoted Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, about how evictions have influenced the spread of the coronavirus in Texas. “Texas really stands out as a state with a lot of cases and deaths associated with lifting their moratorium,” Leifheit said. “I believe it’s in the neighborhood of 150,000 cases that could have been prevented by maintaining their moratorium.” The piece also ran in the Laredo Morning Times.

COVID-19: California Shutdown Will Last Through Christmas as Deaths Explode Past 20,000

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 8) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the expected course of the pandemic in California into 2021. “I think we have moved from characterizing this as a surge, in my mind, to being basically a viral tsunami in terms of its size,” Kim-Farley said. The story also ran on MSN and in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Santa Rosa (CA) Press-Democrat, and Solano County (CA) Daily Republic.

COVID-19: Support Wanes for Travel Campaign as Coronavirus Continues to Spread

The Japan Times (Dec. 8, English language) referenced research co-led by Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa, assistant professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, in a story about a travel subsidy program in Japan and the continued spread of the pandemic. “The participants of government subsidies for domestic travel experienced a higher incidence of symptoms indicative of the COVID-19 infection,” the researchers said. A similar story ran in U.S. News & World Report.

COVID-19: The Real Reason Americans Aren’t Quarantining

The Atlantic (Dec. 8) referenced a 2020 UCLA study finding that U.S. policy excludes workers from sick-leave benefits, even during the pandemic; the research was led by Dr. Jody Heymann, founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and distinguished professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Medium and MSN also ran the story.

COVID-19: Experts Say the NFL’s Strategy is Putting the Season in Peril

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 7) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about whether the NFL should chose to sequester teams in a central location this season. “We’re in the most dangerous period in modern public-health history,” Rimoin said. “I feel it would be smarter to do a real bubble and truly quarantine the way that the NBA and NHL did.” The story also ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Bakersfield Californian, and Rimoin was referenced in a story on Yahoo Finance.

COVID-19: With Nearly 20,000 dead, California Faces Treacherous Phase of Pandemic

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 7) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about reports of more than 10,500 new cases in Los Angeles County on Sunday. “The stay-at-home orders worked the first time around in that we did, in a sense, flatten the curve and see decreases occurring,” Kim-Farley said. “We in public health are hopeful that these new regional stay-at-home orders will be able to also reverse this upward trend.” The story also ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

COVID-19: Central Coast Counties Seek to Break From State’s Stay-at-Home Order

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 7) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about a request from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties that the state government consider them a separate region for the purposes of pandemic response. “That would just spill high volume of virus over to the surrounding counties,” Kim-Farley said. “It does make sense to stick with this regional approach and not have an ‘every man for themselves’ approach.” Kim-Farley’s comments were referenced in a separate Dec. 8 story in the Los Angeles Times, as well.

COVID-19: Exposed During the Holidays?

The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 7) interviewed Dr. Peter Katona, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about quarantining and testing. “If somebody is exchanging air with you, then you have a chance of getting infected,” Katona said.

COVID-19: Nurse in Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial Said She Feared She had COVID-19

The New York Post (Dec. 7) quoted Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial “They will need to explain that fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, and fever are normal, reactogenic immune responses and a sign that the vaccine is working, despite the unfortunate similarities with the disease’s symptoms,” Choi wrote in a first-person piece published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Similar media coverage appeared in the Daily Mail (United Kingdom) and MedScape.

COVID-19: Some Southern California Business Owners Will Defy Shutdown Orders

Excelsior (Dec. 7, Spanish) quoted Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about public reactions to the latest business shutdowns ordered as part of the state’s pandemic response. “This shared temporary sacrifice is our duty, and it is the best tool that we have to control the transmission of the virus and prevent our hospitals and ICUs from getting overwhelmed,” Shafir said.

COVID-19: Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Goes Into Effect Late Sunday Night

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 6) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the pandemic-related shutdown across southern California. “The fear that we have with the exponential spread of this virus is that we’re going to run out of hospital capacity and in particular, ICU beds,” Rimoin said. “So by using this metric, we’re addressing very specifically the issue of ICU and hospital capacity, and given that we haven’t even seen the real impact of what happened on Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving travel period and the pandemic fatigue that is surrounding that, I think it’s very prudent to be able to do this as quickly as possible.” The story ran across all 11 of the Southern California News Group’s papers, including the Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Whittier Daily News, Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze, Ontario-Pomona (CA) Daily Bulletin, and the Redlands Daily Facts. The story also ran in the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times.

COVID-19: No Bubble Means No Assurances NFL and College Football Schedules Aren’t Disrupted

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 6) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the fact that football, unlike basketball or hockey, chose not to sequester teams in a central location. “You don’t have a true bubble — they’re not even trying,” Rimoin said. “The safety of the sport is totally dependent on community transmission.”

COVID-19: Some Southern California Business Owners Will Defy Shutdown Orders

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 6) interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about public reactions to the latest business shutdowns ordered as part of the state’s pandemic response. “This shared temporary sacrifice is our duty, and it is the best tool that we have to control the transmission of the virus and prevent our hospitals and ICUs from getting overwhelmed,” Shafir said. The story ran across all 11 of the Southern California News Group’s papers, including the Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Whittier Daily News, Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze, Ontario-Pomona (CA) Daily Bulletin, and the Redlands Daily Facts. The story also ran in the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times.

COVID-19: Vaccines and 'the Darkest Days’ of the Pandemic

USA Today (Dec. 6) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the likely course of the pandemic in 2021. “Everyone is tired but unfortunately viruses don’t care, they just replicate,” Brewer said. “As long as it’s circulating, we need to be vigilant.”

COVID-19: Emergency Room Nurses Experiencing Increased Burnout

The Daily Bruin (Dec. 6) interviewed Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about stress on the healthcare workforce because of the pandemic. “We are just sort of burning out the few (frontline workers) that we have,” Choi said. “A lot of people are wanting to leave (which) is really concerning for the future of our health care systems and also this pandemic for the rest of the winter.”

COVID-19: Still ‘Attacking Latino Households’ in California Eight Months Into the Pandemic

The Sacramento Bee (Dec. 6) interviewed David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about the impact of the pandemic on Latinos Californians. “It’s attacking Latino households,” Hayes-Bautista said. The story also ran in the Fresno Bee.

 

FEATURES (Other)

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Efforts Spotlighted in ASPPH Friday Letter

The ASPPH Friday Letter (Dec. 11) reported eight items related to UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty and staff experts, FSPH efforts related to the pandemic, or other news. These included a COVID-19-related $10 million FDA grant to a team co-led by Dr. Marc Suchard, and COVID-19 research by professors David Hayes-Bautista and Paul Hsu. The Letter also noted a New York Times interview of Karin Michels and a separate New York Times interview of Anne Rimoin, a JAMA piece by Kristen Choi, and research into breast cancer recovery by Dr. Patricia Ganz and Prof. Catherine Crespi. The Letter also reported on Chois “30-under-30” recognition by Forbes, and the election of alumnus Mai Vang to the Sacramento City Council.

Don't Schedule Your Operation on Your Surgeon's Birthday

U.S. News & World Report (Dec. 10) quoted Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about his research that found seniors who have emergency surgery on their surgeon's birthday have a much higher risk of dying in the following weeks. “Our study was the first to show the association between a surgeons' birthday and patient mortality,” Tsugawa said. “But at this point, given that evidence is still limited, I don't think patients need to avoid a surgical procedure on the surgeon's birthday.” Similar items ran in The Telegraph and the Daily Mail (United Kingdom), as well as Health News Digest and Science News.

Meditation Reduces Symptoms of Depression in Younger Breast Cancer Survivors

MedicalXPress (Dec. 10) quoted Dr. Patricia Ganz, distinguished professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about UCLA-led research that shows that behavioral interventions—mindfulness meditation and survivorship education classes—are effective in reducing depressive symptoms in younger breast cancer survivors. “For women in their 30s and 40s, the experience with breast cancer and its treatments is substantially different from that of older women,” Ganz said. “Yet, little research has been done on strategies to reduce the depression and manage the stress of this younger population.” The study’s other authors include Dr. Catherine Crespi, Fielding School professor of biostatistics. Similar stories ran on U.S. News & World Report, HealthDay News, UPI, Healio, Cure Today, Oncology’s Cancer Network, and Drugs.com.

In 2021, Healthy Eating Will be all About Reconnecting

Well+Good (Dec. 8) interviewed Dana Hunnes, assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about factors transforming people’s relationship with food. “Environmental concerns are weighing bigger on peoples’ minds as we’re seeing that every year we are getting closer to a tipping point where if we continue on the path we are on,” Hunnes said. “This world could become more difficult to live in for all species—including our own.” The story also ran on MSN.

Los Angeles Began 2020 With a Clean-Air Streak but Ended With the Worst Smog in Decades

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 6) interviewed Yifang Zhu, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences and senior senior associate dean for academic programs, about air quality in Los Angeles. “It’s one public health challenge on top of another,” Zhu said. The story also ran in the Bakersfield Californian and PhysOrg News.