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.

Aadi Mehta, Contributing Writer
May 20, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, Opinion, Showcase

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 to NPR, China and Italy’s quick implementations of national shutdowns have significantly helped ...

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.

Maya Sabbaghian, Managing Editor
May 8, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, News, Showcase

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 with more confirmed cases and deaths due to factors associated with underlying health conditions an...

The Future of Disney: Coronavirus Update

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

Ava Caleca, Social Media and Marketing Team
May 7, 2020
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Coronavirus, Showcase

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 assassination in 1963 and the 9/11 attacks.  Annual passholders to the parks can either call a Disney Parks e...

Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary

Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary

Kate Hayashi, Assistant Opinion Editor
May 1, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, Opinion, Showcase

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. Now, more than ever in our lifetimes, is the time for students to start journaling. You have probabl...

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.

Ariana Wu, Staff Writer
March 20, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, Opinion

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, state officials have stopped shaking hands and Americans have flooded department stores to stock up on face m...

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.

Jenny Won, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 12, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, News, Showcase

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 all public schools. The Portola Pilot will continue to update on the situation as district officia...

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.

Lauren Hsu, Staff Writer
March 6, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, Opinion, Showcase

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 in response to the coronavirus. While many concerns regarding the virus are valid, selfishly stockpiling go...

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.

Ryne Dunman, Contributing Writer
February 3, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, News, Showcase

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 is believed to be the origin of the strain, according to the New York Post. On Jan. 26, the Center...

The Iris Episode 2: The Reign of King COVID the 19th

The Iris Episode 2: The Reign of King COVID the 19th

Ajinkya Rane and Jordan Lee
May 28, 2020
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Coronavirus, Multimedia, Podcasts, Showcase

Jordan and Ajinkya tackle what's on everyone's mind - the Coronavirus. With guests spanning from a Portola student facing difficulties with asthma medication and a physician specializing in pediatric emergency medicine, they seek to explore the state of the pandemic and its lasting impact on the local...

Stop Deaths Caused by America’s Healthcare System

The American Journal of Public Health found nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance. According to a West Health-Gallup survey, an estimated 34 million people, one in eight American adults, say in the last five years they have had at least one friend or family member who died after being unable to afford medical treatment for their condition.

Bia Shok, Staff Writer
May 14, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, Opinion, Showcase

With hospital beds overflowing with coronavirus-infected patients, public support for universal healthcare has increased by 41%, according to a poll conducted in March by the Morning Consult. At a time requiring urgent solutions, California legislators need to develop ways to financially aid familie...

Leaving Home for Nonessential Reasons Will Lead to Preventable Danger

Although the American government is based in individual freedom, people must give up some of their freedom in order to deal with crises such as COVID-19.

Farhad Taraporevala and Annie Qiao
May 12, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus, Opinion, Showcase

With California’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order entering its fifth week, citizens are fighting back, flocking to beaches and holding protests that violate physical distancing policies. Californians should adhere to the stay-at-home order, keeping everyone safe instead of selfishly going out into cro...

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