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‘The outbreak of our lifetime’: UW epidemiology graduate students join statewide COVID-19 response

The Daily, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Developed as a partnership between public health agencies and the UW School of Public Health, the Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) team, allows graduate students to receive focused training in applied epidemiology and complete field assignments at local and state health departments. Amid a global pandemic, these field assignments have expanded to include COVID-19 response activities and now, over 20 previous and current SEALs are involved in the biggest deployment in the history of the program.

Where does the six-foot rule for social distancing come from?

Fortune, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

One of the core disruptions of life during the coronavirus pandemic is the new necessity for social distancing, also and more accurately called “physical distancing.” But where does the number come from? Why six feet, and not ten or four? UW epidemiology professor Dr. Janet Baseman is referenced in this article.

Untangling coronavirus' uneven impact in the West

Crosscut, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Luck and strategy have played an equal part in determining whether the coronavirus hit an individual state or city more like a tsunami or a flood, according to scientists and policy analysts studying the path of the pandemic. And nowhere have these contrasts been more obvious than in the West, where the impact of COVID-19 has been very inconsistent. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted in this article.

Local epidemiologist says ‘forgive yourself’ for quarantine fatigue

My Northwest, Monday, May 18, 2020

Quarantine fatigue is real. Everyone, whether they’re struggling financially, emotionally, or otherwise during this pandemic, is dealing with new emotions and challenges. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Christopher Carlson is quoted in this article.


Data: COVID-19 was in Michigan during presidential primary campaigns

The Detroit News, Sunday, May 17, 2020

COVID-19 already had infected hundreds of Michiganians as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden barnstormed the state in early March seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, according to state health department data. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Stephen Hawes is quoted.

Washington needs COVID-19 testing plan

The Seattle Times, Friday, May 15, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee must produce a comprehensive plan for increasing COVID-19 testing in Washington. This is critical now that Inslee is reopening parts of the economy and deploying a contract-tracing brigade, to better inform people exposed to the novel coronavirus. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Judith Wasserheit is quoted in this article.

COVID-19 deaths, infections dropping in Washington but officials still urge caution

KOMO News, Friday, May 15, 2020

For the first time since the outbreak began King county reported a day with no deaths from the coronavirus. However, this is not the best indicator of the virus' tragectory. UW epidemiology faculty members Drs. Ali Mokdad and Jeff Duchin are referenced in this article.

COVID-19 raises risk for women who are obese and pregnant

UW Medicine, Friday, May 15, 2020

The novel coronavirus can severely affect pregnant women who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant, new research suggests. Published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the findings show that women who contract the virus may have a higher incidence of preterm birth. UW Department of Epidemiology alumna Dr. Erica Lokken is referenced in this article.

Alaska’s quarantine order has helped thwart COVID-19 but devastated tourism. Will Dunleavy keep it?

Alaska Public Media, Friday, May 15, 2020

Tourism advocates and leaders in Alaska say the state's stringent quarantine measures have devastated tourism. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted in this article.

In Seattle’s polluted valley, pandemic and particulates are twin threats

KUOW, Friday, May 15, 2020

As the economy went into a pandemic-driven lockdown this spring, some types of air pollution in the Seattle area, including lung-irritating nitrogen oxides, lessened. Others, like the fine particles that diesel engines, wood-burning stoves and metal shredders can puff out, have worsened. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Joel Kaufman is quoted.