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Boosters appear to be working | KUOW

January 13, 2022

Real world data appears to be showing that staying up-to-date on vaccines and getting booster shots is working well. Despite breakthrough infections, the vast majority of people who have been vaccinated are staying out of the hospital. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted. [This is part of a news roundup]


Is there need for a 2nd booster? | KOMO Radio

January 12, 2022

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, says it's possible that a third short, or first booster, will provide the protection we need.


CDC recommends people with weakened immune systems get 4th COVID-19 vaccine shot | KIRO Radio

January 12, 2022

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, says she has not seen data suggesting that most of us need a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot.


How do we make the city safer for pedestrians? | KUOW

January 12, 2022

More Seattle walkers and bikers are dying on the city's roads than five years ago, despite an initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by the end of this decade. Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is featured on "Seattle Now."


Experts hope COVID-19 will evolve to be more like the common cold | NPR

January 12, 2022

As devastating as that virus is now, some infectious disease experts think there could be an eventual benefit to the omicron surge we're in the middle of. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


As COVID pandemic changes, will omicron bring 'new normal' for COVID? | USA Today

January 10, 2022

Every winter in the U.S., the public puts up with tens of millions of flu infections and on average tens of thousands of deaths. While families can be devastated by these diseases, the majority of us go on, barely paying attention. When will we reach that point with the coronavirus, people have often asked over the last two years. What is an acceptable level of sickness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19? Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Herpes and oral sex | Slate

January 3, 2022

A reader submits a question about transmission of herpes through oral sex in "How To Do It," Slate's sex advice column. H. Hunter Handsfield, professor emeritus of medicine at the UW, and Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, are quoted.


New COVID-19 variants are in our future | WBFF

December 30, 2021

We've had delta and omicron with more variants are in the future. How can we prepare? Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, and Dr. Larry Corey, professor of medicine and of laboratory medicine and pathology, at the UW are quoted.


Opinion: COVIDs risk to older adults | The New York Times

December 23, 2021

"COVID in recent months has continued to present a meaningful amount of risk to older people, despite vaccination. Its too soon to know whether Omicron will change the situation, but the safest assumption absent more data is that COVID will remain dangerous for the elderly," writes The News York Times' David Leonhardt. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Omicron expected to surpass Delta in cases in King County by end of week, researchers say | KOMO 4

December 21, 2021

With Omicron now the dominant COVID-19 variant sweeping across the United States, its expected that by the end of the week, it will top delta in King County in terms of cases. Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, are quoted.


Is it safe to travel for the holidays while omicron is surging? | Vox

December 20, 2021

Six epidemiologists comment on how omicron is and isnt changing their near-term plans. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Omicron COVID-19 cases doubling every 2 to 3 days in King County | KING 5

December 20, 2021

King County could see 2,000 new daily COVID-19 cases within a week, according to projections from the Virology lab. The UW's Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology; Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, professor of medicine; and Dr. Santiago Neme, clinical associate professor of medicine at the UW, are quoted.


NHL notebook: How safe are fans still attending games amid leagues COVID-19 outbreaks? | The Seattle Times

December 20, 2021

With many NHL games across North America postponed this week, theres plenty of evidence a pause of any sort will give players and staffs a chance to recover. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Omicron surging rapidly in Seattle area, projections show huge spike within a week | GeekWire

December 20, 2021

The omicron COVID-19 variant is surging in the Seattle area with speed that has the potential to overwhelm health care systems and disrupt workplaces, scientists and health officials said Friday at a media briefing. The UW's Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology; Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, professor of medicine; and Dr. Santiago Neme, clinical associate professor of medicine, are quoted. Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is referenced.


Highest ever COVID-19 cases predicted by Christmas as omicron spikes | KUOW

December 20, 2021

With the omicron variant rapidly spreading through the community, Washington state could see its highest level of coronavirus cases by the end of 2021. The UW's Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, professor of medicine, are quoted. Dr. Santiago Neme, clinical associate professor of medicine at the UW, is referenced.


Omicron surge predicted to peak higher than delta wave in King County: Its here and its moving fast | The Seattle Times

December 20, 2021

The omicron variant of the coronavirus is now spreading rapidly in King County and cases could skyrocket to more than three times the number at the peak of the regions delta wave as soon as next week, local virologists and public health leaders said Friday. The UW's Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, and Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, are quoted.


Washington seeing 'rapid rise' of omicron variant cases leading into holiday season | MyNorthwest

December 15, 2021

Just two weeks after it was first detected in Washington, the omicron variant now appears to be spreading widely. The UW's Pavitra Roychoudhury, acting instructor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, are quoted.


Testing indicates that the Omicron variant is surging in Washington | The New York Times

December 14, 2021

Researchers testing coronavirus samples in Washington state have recorded a rapid rise in cases with a mutation that is characteristic of the omicron variant, mirroring trends that have emerged in countries like South Africa, Britain and Denmark. The UW's Pavitra Roychoudhury, acting instructor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, are quoted.


CDC zeroes in on anime convention to understand omicron variant | NBC News

December 8, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to tens of thousands of people who attended a recent anime convention in Manhattan as it works to understand the risks of the COVID-19 omicron variant. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Do tests work on the omicron variant and other questions, answered | The New York Times

December 7, 2021

Scientists around the world are racing to understand the Omicron variant, and there are some clearer signs than a week ago. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Infectious disease expert says that COVID-19 might be with us forever | KOMO Radio

December 2, 2021

Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, says that people may need to accept the fact that COVID-19 may be with us forever. Just as there's a flu season, there may be a "COVID season."


Omicron: How South African scientists discovered the variant and set off a global chain reactiony | CNN

December 2, 2021

In the early days of November, laboratory technicians in Pretoria, South Africa, found unusual features in samples they were testing for the coronavirus. Essentially, a gene was missing and in what would be a normal genome profile of the virus. PCR tests weren't detecting one of their expected targets, a signal that something about the virus had changed. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


COVID-19 experts answer questions about omicron and where the variant may have come from | GeekWire

November 30, 2021

Theres not a lot known about the new COVID-19 variant omicron, but what scientists see so far has them on alert. The UW's Pavitra Roychoudhury, acting instructor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and Dr. Larry Corey, professor of medicine and of laboratory medicine and pathology, are quoted. The UW's Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, and Jesse Bloom, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences, are mentioned.


Delta vs. omicron: More mutations don't necessarily make a meaner COVID-19 virus | CNN

November 30, 2021

The new Omicron variant of coronavirus, with its many mutations and seemingly quick spread in South Africa, is worrying scientists and government officials. But doctors want to remind Americans that they're already facing a pretty formidable coronavirus variant, and that's delta. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


AHA News: Exposure to some airborne chemicals found indoors may increase blood pressure | HealthDay

November 12, 2021

Acrolein, crotonaldehyde and styrene, compounds found in everything from cigarette smoke to plastics, were associated with higher blood pressure measurements for both the top, systolic, and bottom, diastolic, numbers. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


As pandemic cut air pollution, heart attacks declined | HealthDay

November 8, 2021

Urban air cleared during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns as fewer commuters hit the road daily, and that might have resulted in one unexpected heart health benefit for Americans, a new study suggests. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


US heart attack rate dropped as COVID-19 lockdowns cut air pollution from driving, study says | UPI

November 8, 2021

Reductions in air pollution appear to be linked to a decrease in heart attacks during the shutdowns, according to research slated for presentation Saturday at the American Heart Association's online annual meeting. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


'We are scared:' Doctors stress importance of young kids getting vaccinated against COVID-19 | KOMO 4

October 28, 2021

New COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to arrive in Washington next week ahead of the expected final authorization of the Pfizer shot for kids 5-11 years old. The UW's Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology, and Dr. Beth Ebel, professor of pediatrics, are interviewed.


Everytable is trying to make healthy food as accessible as fast food | The New York Times

October 25, 2021

A former hedge fund trader thinks centralized kitchens and sliding scale prices are going to crack the code of making healthy food affordable for everyone. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


How risky are bars and clubs for vaccinated people? | Vox

October 20, 2021

If nightlife was shut down so urgently at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, should we be going out at all while it continues? The strict and simple answer from public health experts is no, not yet. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Will the pandemic fade into an ordinary disease like the flu? The world is watching Denmark for clues | Science

October 1, 2021

With the virus defanged by high vaccination rates, the Danish government dropped all remaining restrictions this month. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators | GeekWire

September 29, 2021

Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW; David Veesler, associate professor of biochemistry at the UW; and Frederick Matsen IV of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are among the 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. [This is part of a roundup of news]


Meet the MacArthur Fellows for 2021 | Forbes

September 29, 2021

TheJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the 25 winners of this years MacArthur Fellowships, including Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW. The fellowship is regarded as one of the nations most prestigious awards for intellectual and artistic achievement.


Two Seattleites, an infectious disease scientist and a poet, win MacArthur genius grants | The Seattle Times

September 28, 2021

Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, and Don Mee Choi, a poet, translator and instructor at Renton Technical College, are among 25 recipients who will receive $625,000 each from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Dog-walking to ward off canine dementia | Q13

September 24, 2021

A new University of Washington study says that regularly taking your dog for a walk can help ward off canine dementia.


Taking your pup for more walks could prevent dog dementia, study finds | The Independent

September 22, 2021

Regularly walking your dog could protect its brain against dementia, a new University of Washington study suggests. Dogs who have little physical activity are more than six times more likely to develop canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), a condition related to the aging of a dogs brain which leads to memory loss. Sarah Yarborough, who led the study while a master's student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


UW Medicine looking for volunteers for COVID-19 booster trial | KOMO 4

September 21, 2021

The UW School of Medicine is looking for volunteers for a COVID-19 booster trial. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted.


COVID-19 has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu | Associated Press

September 20, 2021

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did approximately 675,000. Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


WA university looking for COVID-19 vaccine booster participants | The Olympian

September 20, 2021

Researchers from the UW need volunteers for a COVID-19 booster vaccine trial. The trial, led by the UW School of Medicine in Seattle, will test a participants immune response to the booster shot specifically to test its safety and tolerability, according to a news release from the medical school. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted. [This is a nationwide McClatchy story published in The Olympian]


UW Medicine recruits volunteers to test new COVID-19 booster shot | Patch

September 20, 2021

The UW School of Medicine is looking for fully vaccinated volunteers to participate in a clinical trial for a new booster shot designed to improve immunity against a wide variety of COVID-19 variants and strains. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted.


COVID-19 cases show up in Washington schools, but its too early to say how schools are doing at reducing transmission | The Seattle Times

September 13, 2021

Two weeks after Seattle-area kids went back to class, hundreds of area students and school employees have either tested positive for the coronavirus or have been pulled out of school because they had close contact with someone who had the virus. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Wildfire smoke claims more than 33,000 lives each year, new study finds | Grist

September 10, 2021

A team of more than 70 scientists from all around the world tallied up the death toll of wildfire smoke in a first-of-its-kind study published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Planet Health. Their estimate? Smoke from the worlds worsening wildfires is now killing 33,510 people every year. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


Back to school: What works to keep children safe from COVID-19 | The Conversation

September 2, 2021

As many children head back to school, "The Conversation Weekly" podcast looks at what really works to help stop COVID-19 transmission in the classroom. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


FDA fully approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine | KXLY

August 24, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. Doctors say they hope this will make more people get the vaccine. One hesitation people had before thats now removed, is the FDA approval. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Oregons governor makes incremental changes to stem coronavirus surge is it enough? | The Oregonian

August 20, 2021

With Oregon in the grip of a full-fledged health care capacity crisis due to a tidal wave of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Kate Brown is making incremental changes to stem the surge. Indoor masking requirements in public spaces. Vaccine mandates for health care workers, state employees, and as of Thursday, teachers. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Heat wave likely killed far more people in Washington state than reported | KUOW

August 17, 2021

More than 400 people likely died during a single week of the heat wave in Washington state last month. Thats according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Dr. Howard Frumkin, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, are quoted.


Analysis: Schools can reopen safely an epidemiologist describes what works and what's not worth the effort | The Conversation

August 16, 2021

"As an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Washington, I have spent the past year and a half working with a group of epidemiologists and health professionals to collect, review and evaluate the scientific evidence about COVID-19 for state and local public health agencies," writes Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW. "Our group concluded that vaccines and masking work well for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, but other strategies like plexiglass barriers and temperature checks are probably not worth the effort."


Iceland has been a vaccination success why is it seeing a coronavirus surge? | The Washington Post

August 16, 2021

What happened to Iceland? The island nation that has been praised for its coronavirus response and its world-leading vaccination rate is now seeing its highest levels of infection since the start of the pandemic. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


How lowering air pollution could reduce risks of dementia | Martha Stewart Living

July 28, 2021

Eating healthy meals and getting ample exercise are two ways to boost brain health over the years. But according to a new study, there's another key part of this equation: Improved air quality can positively impact the brain and prevent dementia, too. Christina Park, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


WSU football coach's vaccine decision puts school in awkward position | KOMO 4

July 27, 2021

Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for personal reasons. Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


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