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Jump in Coronavirus Cases on Ship Poses a Critical Test for Japan

The New York Times, Friday, February 7, 2020

With 64 people from a ship heading to Japan testing positive for Coronavirus, Japan is scrambling to prevent a larger outbreak. University of Washington's Epidemiology Department adjunct professor, Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, is quoted. 

Kids in Rural Areas Are Carrying Handguns as Young as 11

Yahoo! Lifestyle, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Not only are kids in rural areas exposed to long guns, or rifles, at a young age, but many of them report also carrying handguns at very young ages. UW associate proffessor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is quoted. 

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

Snoqualmie Valley Record, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate amid safety concerns. Department of Epidemiology adjunct proffessor, Fred Rivara, is quoted.  

'We're opening everything': Scientists share coronavirus data in unprecedented way to contain, treat disease

CBC, Saturday, February 1, 2020

Within days of dequencing the viral genome for the coronavirus, scientists immediately shared that critical genetic roadmap with researchers all over the world, allowing doctors in other countries to be ready when cases appeared. Affiliate assistant professor Trevor Bedford is featured. 

Can face masks prevent coronavirus? Experts say that depends

Time, Friday, January 31, 2020

With just six cases of coronavirus in the U.S. detected, wearing face masks will not be that effective in prevention, experts say. University of Washington's Epidemiology Department adjunct professor, Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, is quoted. 

Why Washington state's health experts aren't panicking yet about the Wuhan coronavirus

The Seattle Times, Friday, January 24, 2020

Wuhan, China is the source of an outbreak of a novel coronavirus, sparking international concerns for a global epidemic. Washington state's health experts continue to monitor the coronovirus threat but caution against panicking, even as the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the US was confirmed in Snohomish County. UW epidemiology professor Janet Baseman is quoted.

Many in China Wear Them, but Do Masks Block Coronavirus

New York Times News, Thursday, January 23, 2020

Chinese authorities have encouraged people in the city of Wuhan to wear surgical masks in public to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, but scientific evidence on the efficacy of surgical masks to prevent infectious diseases from spreading is mixed. UW epidemiology adjunct professor Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.

Could China's New Coronavirus Become a Global Epidemic

WIRED, Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The coronavirus, which began with a mysterious cluster of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China, has spread to the United States with the first confirmed case in Washington state. Epidemiologists are analyzing all possible data to determine the virus' future growth trajectory. Trevor Bedford, UW affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology and infectious disease biologist with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, is quoted.

Faculty/staff honors: Consulting assignment in Africa, honorary doctorate in Bern, conservation leadership award

UW News, Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Carey Farquhar, professor of global health, medicine and epidemiology and vice dean in the School of Public Health, has begun a six-month consulting assignment for the World Health Organization on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted disease testing.

Largest single-year drop in cancer death rates continues encouraging trend

Fred Hutch, Thursday, January 9, 2020

The sharpest one-year decline in death due to cancer, from 2016-2017, continues a 26-year-long trend in declining cancer mortality rates. Christopher Li, a research professor at the University of Washington's Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.