March 15: UF in the News 3/11/21-3/15/21

Citrus fruits ripe on tree — Orlando Sentinel, 3/13/21
Tom MacCubbin, an urban horticulturist emeritus at UF, publishes a Q&A with tips on how to grow and pick citrus for best results.

What does vaccine efficacy really mean? — Bloomberg, 3/14/21 
UF biostatistician Natalie Dean explains what vaccine efficacy numbers mean, particularly in the context of trials conducted at different times with different methods.

How the West lost COVID — Intelligencer, 3/15/21 
UF biostatistician Natalie Dean discusses how the U.S. has fared in the COVID-19 pandemic when compared to European nations as well as other countries around the globe.

Op-ed: Changing the clocks is no help when COVID anxiety is already disrupting our sleep — Chicago Tribune, 3/15/21
Michael S. Jaffee, vice chair of the Department of Neurology at UF, discusses Daylight Savings Time and how it might have an outsized impact this year when many people are already not receiving enough sleep due to anxiety, inconsistent schedules and increased screen time.

Dementia patients are at greater risk for COVID-19, particularly African Americans and people with vascular dementia — Chron.com, 3/15/21
UF researchers Michael S. Jaffee and Steven DeKosky weigh on new research that sheds light about how dementia increases the risk of developing COVID-19: particularly among African-Americans and people with vascular dementia.

Daydreaming is surprisingly hard. Here’s how to do it better — Washington Post, 3/15/21
Erin Westgate, an assistant professor of psychology at UF who has also published research on ‘thinking for pleasure,’ weighs in on daydreaming and how it can be to experience pleasurable daydreams -- particularly during the pandemic when many people are experiencing worry.