News & Events

In the News

Fauci says U.S. could loosen guidance on wearing masks indoors soon | KOMO 4

May 11, 2021

In speaking with ABC News over the weekend, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested the U.S. could soon start to loosen guidance on wearing masks indoors. The UW's Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW, and Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, are interviewed.


Are incentives for COVID-19 vaccines ethical? | KUOW

May 11, 2021

In Washington and the rest of the nation, we have more doses of the coronavirus vaccine than people willing to get the shot. So public health officials are trying to figure out what it would take to entice the undecided and where the line between incentive and coercion is drawn. Nancy Jecker, professor of bioethics and humanities in the UW School of Medicine, and Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, are interviewed. [This is the first segment on "The Record"]


King County stays in Phase 3 | KUOW

May 5, 2021

After worries that King County would be knocked back to Phase 2, Gov. Inslee announced it would stay in Phase 3. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed on the "Seattle Now" podcast.


Vaccinated and ready to celebrate? Not so fast | KUOW

May 4, 2021

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is expected to announce which counties will have to fall back a phase in the state's reopening plan. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Opinion: Vaccinations are key for Kitsap County health | Kitsap Sun

May 3, 2021

"Right now is a crucial time for all of us to get vaccinated against coronavirus. Our case rate is going the wrong direction, and younger people are being hospitalized. We can reverse this ... but we need everyone who can get vaccinated to get their shots. We also need to continue with masking, social distancing and handwashing," writes Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW.


Younger people make up growing share of serious COVID-19 cases | NPR

May 3, 2021

After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in COVID-19 hospital wards. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Verify: How long do COVID-19 vaccines last? At least 6 months, experts say | KREM

April 30, 2021

Experts say people will likely need a COVID-19 vaccine booster within 12 months of being fully vaccinated to protect against emerging variants of the virus. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Counties at highest risk for COVID-19 harm often have lowest vaccination rates | ProPublica

April 30, 2021

The vaccine rollout was meant to prioritize vulnerable communities, but four months of data shows healthier and often wealthier counties have been faster to vaccinate. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Demographics shift: More hospitalized COVID-19 patients are young adults | NPR

April 27, 2021

COVID-19 has plateaued in the U.S., but hospitalizations of young adults are up about 40% since early March. And polls suggest some young adults may not be interested in getting vaccinated. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Face masks and vaccines: 3 reasons wearing masks indoors is still important | Vox

April 27, 2021

Experts explain where we still need to keep our masks on, and when we might be able to leave them at home. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Experts predict a slutty summer and an STI spike | Buzzfeed

April 20, 2021

Doctors are gearing up for a spike in STIs from the unleashing of everyones pent-up sexual energy. They're also wondering how the pandemic might affect the culture around sexual health, and if it will make people more responsible or reckless. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


You got vaccinated now what? 7 things to know for your post-COVID vaccine behavior | GeekWire

April 12, 2021

Vaccinated people can savor the fact that they are now almost certainly protected against getting seriously sick from COVID, let alone needing hospitalization or worse. But is it a green light for attending that year-delayed gala wedding, hopping a plane to Maui, or raising a glass at a favorite watering hole? As with all things COVID, the answers are not absolute and are subject to change. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Seattle Now: Down to the wire | KUOW

April 12, 2021

KUOW's Seattle Now podcast talks to Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, about the current state of the pandemic in Washington and the opening of vaccine eligibility for everyone ages 16 and older.


COVID-19 variants continue to grow | KOMO Radio

April 12, 2021

COVID-19 variants inject some uncertainty into the path of the pandemic in Washington. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Second-generation vaccine study | KIRO 7

April 12, 2021

UW Medicine is looking for unvaccinated volunteers for a clinical trial to develop a new COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


University of Washington starts 2nd generation COVID-19 vaccine trial | KOMO 4

April 9, 2021

UW Medicine has started a new trial for a 'second generation' COVID-19 vaccine intended to provide more protection against future variants. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Washingtonians will need to pack their patience when COVID-19 vaccine appointments open to all 16 and older | The Seattle Times

April 5, 2021

Public health experts say the change to an open-for-all system is good news, but caution that, at least immediately following whats been coined Vax Day, patience and persistence will be required as appointments are quickly swept up. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Microsoft allowing employees in Redmond, Bellevue and Seattle to work at headquarters | KOMO 4

March 30, 2021

It's a big week for local tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft. Both companies are making moves to allow more employees to return to work. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, and Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, are interviewed.


Stop the COVID-19 shaming! | Mother Jones

March 26, 2021

AIDS taught us that shame can be deadly. The coronavirus pandemic cant repeat those same mistakes. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Washington is blue, the NRA is weak, but gun bills still in limbo | Yahoo! News

March 26, 2021

While plenty has changed in Washington, new federal gun restrictions remain some of the toughest to enact. And despite calls from President Joe Biden on Tuesday to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as implement new background checks, the issue is unlikely to go anywhere. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Boulder and Atlanta shootings rekindle debate over red-flag gun laws | The Washington Post

March 26, 2021

Back-to-back mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., in less than a week have revived debate over red-flag laws that allow authorities to seize firearms from people considered dangerous, leaving gun-control advocates hopeful that more states will adopt such measures while public attention is still focused on the attacks. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


How to stop food waste, an environmental and economic crisis | Los Angeles Times

March 23, 2021

The world wastes more than 1 billion tons of food every year, according to a new report from the United Nations. Marie Spiker, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Pandemic reality check | KUOW

March 9, 2021

Weve rounded the corner on Year One with Covid-19, and the good news is the CDC says if youre vaccinated you can hang out without masks. The not-so-good news is: good luck getting that vaccine. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed on the "Seattle Now" podcast.


We may never reach herd immunity on coronavirus but it probably doesnt matter | The Seattle Times

March 8, 2021

A growing number of experts doubt herd immunity against the novel coronavirus will ever be achieved and say it doesnt really matter. The UWs Deborah Fuller, professor of microbiology; Marion Pepper, associate professor of immunology; Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; Dr. Larry Corey, professor of medicine and of laboratory medicine and pathology; Dr. Joshua Schiffer, associate professor of medicine; and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, are quoted.


Why public shaming of vaccinations is a bad idea | VOX

March 4, 2021

Dont be mad about individuals getting the vaccine. Be mad about vaccine inequity. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Washington teachers, school employees move to head of the vaccine line whats next? | The Seattle Times

March 4, 2021

Since the news flooded their social-media feeds and work emails, school employees and child-care workers shared stories of scouring the internet and consulting their friend groups in search of appointments. Throughout the next month, the state and federal governments plan to help with programs to speed up vaccinations for education and child-care workers, who number about 260,000 in Washington state.Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Experts concerned people will view Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as inferior | KOMO 4

March 2, 2021

Doctors said the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine offers strong protection against coronavirus. However, some experts are concerned people will view this vaccine as second-class or inferior to Modernas and Pfizers. Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, are quoted.


Challenges deep for improving sexual and reproductive health, study says | US News

March 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and previous U.S. policies have damaged the global health landscape, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


Opinion: Two masks could be one too many | The Boston Globe

February 26, 2021

"The Centers for Disease Control now says you're better off doubling up on certain kinds of masks. But after talking to several experts and examining the research, I'm sticking with one mask for now one that fits well and has several layers and I fear the CDC's recommendation is confusing," writes freelance writer Christine Szalinski. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


What we know about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: Timing, dosage, access in Washington | The Seattle Times

February 26, 2021

A year after doctors identified an outbreak of coronavirus in the Seattle area, a third vaccine is expected to arrive soon to bolster the arsenal against the virus, now responsible for more than 500,000 deaths in the United States.Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


If COVID-19 doubles in the community, it doubles in schools, Seattle disease modeling group finds | The Seattle Times

February 25, 2021

Modelers at the Seattle-based Institute for Disease Modeling attempting to close in on answers to big questions about how the coronavirus spreads between schools and the community, but is facing pushback from a handful of researchers who say the groups mathematical modeling should be tested against real-world results.The UW's Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data & Research, and Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology, are interviewed.


The Fauci effect? Medical schools see surge in applications | Christian Science Monitor

February 24, 2021

Inspired by the selflessness and community service of medical workers over the past year, many young are pursuing careers in medicine and public health. Samantha Banks, a UW graduate student in epidemiology, is quoted.


Experts worry variant-fueled surge of COVID-19 could be weeks away but cases will likely fall again by summer | CNN

February 24, 2021

Coronavirus infections across the US are still on the way down, and more Americans are getting vaccinated but variants could cause complications soon. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


As remote learning drags on, parents search for answers about school in the fall | KNKX

February 19, 2021

Like so many things, COVID-era school is just not the same as being in class with other kids. Young people have had to put a lot of their lives on hold during the pandemic. Theyve navigated major transitions all via computer screen from their bedrooms. Ashley Jochim, a senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the UW Bothell, and Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, are interviewed.


UW study shows high COVID-19 infection rates among pregnant women | Seattle Weekly

February 18, 2021

A recently published study led by University of Washington researchers indicated that COVID-19 infection rates were relatively high among pregnant women. The UW's Erica Lokken, a postdoctoral researcher in epidemiology, and Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, are quoted. [This article appeared in multiple outlets]


Good food for all | MSN

February 17, 2021

In 2020, the number of Americans with food insecurity jumped from an already-whopping 35 million to a projected 50.4 million, a level not seen since the Great Depression. And that dramatic spike did not hit everyone equally. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Verify: Yes, the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines are the same | KREM

February 10, 2021

Both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines are the same but the way people react to the second dose is often different. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Emerging racial disparities found in Washington state's data on early vaccination efforts | Kitsap Sun

February 10, 2021

The first months of Washington states vaccination drive have brought emerging racial disparities among those receiving the smallsupply of doses, with initial data showing vaccination rates for Black and Hispanic residents lagging beyond white residents.Anjum Hajat, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.


Verify: Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause a positive test? | KING 5

February 8, 2021

A viewer reached out to ask if getting the COVID-19 vaccine can then lead to positive coronavirus test. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Most Americans are doing pods wrong | Vox

February 8, 2021

You should be adjusting your pandemic pods rules to avoid exposure as needed. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Many confused about when and where to get the COVID-19 vaccine | KOMO Radio

February 3, 2021

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, says Public Health Seattle & King County is working hard to get people vaccinated but has been underfunded for decades.


Why aren't teachers more highly prioritized in Washington's COVID-19 vaccine rollout? | KOMO 4

February 3, 2021

Experts, including Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.


Verify: Should you get a COVID-19 vaccine if youve already had the virus? | KING 5

February 3, 2021

More and more Americans are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. But do you need to get vaccinated if you previously tested positive for the virus? And if so, how long should you wait?Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


As King County reopens indoor dining and fitness, COVID-19 experts advise caution | KUOW

February 2, 2021

Starting today, the Puget Sound region and other parts of Western Washington are now in Phase 2 of the Gov. Jay Inslee's reopening plan. That means restaurants can have indoor dining at 25% capacity. Gyms can also reopen at 25%. But with a new, more transmissible variant of Covid-19 in King County, is this the right time to reopen? Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Do COVID-19 survivors still need to get a vaccine? | KOMO 4

February 2, 2021

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, responds to questions about vaccines, including whether you still need to get the vaccine if you've had COVID-19.


Verify: How dangerous is the UK coronavirus variant? | KING 5

February 1, 2021

The U.K. coronavirus variant poses multiple problems, not just in prevalence but also in its potential power, and we may not know its ultimate effect for some time. Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


How some viruses give you the sniffles year after year | Nature

January 29, 2021

Mutations in seasonal coronaviruses might explain why many people are re-infected time and again. The UW's Katie Kistler, a doctoral student in molecular and cellular biology, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, are referenced.


Why shaming people wont change pandemic behavior | Vox

January 27, 2021

The outing of those who blatantly flout health guidelines and put others in danger can feel satisfying. But if you ask public health experts, as satisfying as chastening others can feel, theyve learned it can actually do harm when it comes to an urgent public health crisis. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


'Seattle Now': How big a deal is the new COVID-19 strain? | KUOW

January 27, 2021

King County's health officer says a contagious new strain of coronavirus detected in Western Washington will lead to a "Mount St. Helens-like eruption of cases." Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed on the "Seattle Now" podcast.


Why the COVID vaccine rollout is not enough to curb infections | The New York Times

January 25, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States has raged almost uncontrollably for so long that even if millions of people are vaccinated, millions more will still be infected and become ill unless people continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures until midsummer or later, according to a new model by scientists at Columbia University. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Show more