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Drive-In Movie Theaters Resurge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A drive-in movie theater is held in Primm, Nevada in June. Americans have been flocking to drive-ins ever since the pandemic cast doubt on indoor movie theaters.
November 4, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought back the decades-old tradition of drive-in movie theaters, as large chains such as Regal and AMC continue to suffer economically. Drive-in movie theaters can...

Alumni Attend College in the Age of Coronavirus

Among the alumni attending four-year universities this school year are freshman Kiyan Dhanidina (left), freshman Nishad Francis (middle) and sophomore Liz Moerman (right).
October 15, 2020

June 4 marked the first Portola High senior class graduation ceremony after the school’s grand opening in 2016. However, the rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have redefined college experiences...

Why the Coronavirus has Helped the Environment

Before Coronavirus cases increased exponentially in California, heavy waves of pollution in the air caused by combustion and crowds of people led to faded views of mountains and landscapes. Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s enactment of a stay-at-home order on March 19, combustion on the roads and during gatherings have decreased 48% along with traffic according to U.S. News.
May 20, 2020

Although the pandemic continues to overwhelm healthcare systems globally, lockdown measures by state and world leaders have reduced pollution and helped the environment become more sustainable.  According...

Minority Communities Have Been Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

Given that testing is largely unavailable, wealthier communities can show higher cases of Coronavirus simply because they can gain access to testing easier. The data from the Department of Public Health shows that ethnic minorities are being affected more than any other group.
May 8, 2020

Data published beginning on April 6 by the California Department of Public Health shows that minority communities, namely African Americans and Hispanics, are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19...

The Future of Disney: Coronavirus Update

Amid the coronavirus concerns, many devoted fans have questioned if the Disney resorts will reopen before 2021.
May 7, 2020

Disney parks across the country have now been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Disney Parks legacy has only closed two times prior to this, in dedication to John F. Kennedy after his...

Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary

Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary
May 1, 2020

Students have lost the routines that come with a traditional in-person school schedule. There is almost universal emotional apprehension lingering from the inability to know what the future holds....

Coronavirus Pandemic Should Bring Compassion for Asians, Not Contempt

As the coronavirus continues to spread, it is easy for people to succumb to fear and hate in order to cope with the uncertainty of the next few months. However, labeling all Asians with a disease strips them of their humanity and leaves them as innocent victims to harassment and hate crimes.
March 20, 2020

Since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, colleges including Chapman University and the University of California, Irvine have suspended in-person instruction,...

IUSD Begins Emergency Distance Learning Preparations due to Coronavirus Concerns

Students and staff will prepare for a potential transition into a digital classroom setting under Irvine Unified’s Emergency Distance Learning (EDL) protocol.
March 12, 2020

UPDATE (03/13/20) 12:50 p.m.: President Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency earlier today. At 12:45 p.m. on March 13, the Orange County superintendent recommended the closure of...

Panicking Is Not Protection: Put an End to the Coronavirus Hysteria

The source of the novel coronavirus was said to be an open market in Wuhan, China, where live animals were being sold. While this family of viruses typically only affects animals, several strains are zoonotic, meaning that they have spread to humans as well.
March 6, 2020

Judging by the cleaned-out shelves at nationwide retailers like Target and Costco, one would think Irvine is preparing for an apocalyptic doomsday. In actuality, people are becoming borderline hysterical...

Coronavirus Concerns in Irvine – How Worried Should Students Be?

This is of the SARS strain of coronavirus. Experts believe the 2019-nCoV coronavirus originated in bats and spread to humans.
February 3, 2020

The novel coronavirus has affected over 17,000 people across 23 countries with a report of 369 fatalities, as of Feb. 3. The city of Wuhan, China claims most of the affected patients and casualties and...

The First Trump-Biden Debate Was Ineffective, But That Does Not Mean Presidential Debates Are

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off at their first presidential debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. The debate was criticized by the media and the public for its lack of decency and control between the candidates and the moderator.
October 20, 2020

The first presidential debate of the 2020 election between incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden occured on Sept. 29 amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While some voters...

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