Can phone apps slow the spread of the coronavirus?
Health departments around the world are betting on technology to help stem the stealthy spread of the coronavirus: cellphone apps that aim to identify and alert those who recently came into contact with an infected person. By encouraging those potentially exposed to COVID-19 to self-isolate, the thinking goes, a phone app could swiftly cut off chains of transmission. UW epidemiology alumna Dr. Allison Black is quoted in this article.
UC San Diego names first black female dean in the university’s 60-year history
Dr. Cheryl Anderson, a UW epidemiology alumna known for her insights on how diet and nutrition factor into the development of heart and kidney disease and cancer, has been named founding dean of UC San Diego’s Wertheim School of Public Health.
Flying Is a Mess Right Now. Will It Ever Be Safe Again?
Airlines are trying to create a new normal for safe pandemic flying, but customers are fighting back about wearing masks and leaving seats empty. UW professor of epidemiology Dr. Steve Mooney is quoted in this article.
Explainer: The coronavirus risks of everyday activities as economies reopen
Americans have started returning to more normal lifestyles with the end of coronavirus lockdowns. But what activities are safe? UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted in this article.
Three types of laws could reduce gun deaths by more than 10%
Nearly 40,000 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2018, but curbing these numbers has been a statistically tricky, and politically fraught, problem. Now, a study that tracked individual gun laws over time suggests states can reduce gun deaths significantly by doing three things: limiting children’s access to guns, restricting concealed-carry permits, and restricting “stand your ground” policies. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is referenced in this article.
How Should We Police a Pandemic?
COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines and bans on large gatherings are still in effect across the country. But they haven’t stopped demonstrators from coming out en masse to protest the March 25 killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of the Minneapolis police. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jen Balkus is quoted.
How 132 Epidemiologists Are Deciding When to Send Their Children to School
“This is the dreaded question,” say experts struggling to weigh virus risks and uncertainty against family well-being. UW epidemiologist Dr. Steve Mooney is quoted.
Is there really such a thing as a 'super spreader?'
It has been apparent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that certain people are responsible for spreading more than their share of infections. These people have been called "super spreaders," but are they really different from the rest of us? Dr. Jared Baeten of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted in this article.
Fears of second U.S. coronavirus wave rise on worrisome spike in cases, hospitalizations
About half a dozen states including Texas and Arizona are grappling with a rising number of coronavirus patients filling hospital beds, fanning concerns that the reopening of the U.S. economy may spark a second wave of infections. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted in this article.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, experts lay out 10-point plan for a genomic revolution in public health
From the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, genetic sleuths have been at the forefront in the global effort to monitor SARS-CoV-2. By comparing the molecular fingerprints of different virus samples collected in Washington state, they were able to track down the first signs of community spread in the US. Some of the pioneers of genomic epidemiology have laid out a 10-point plan for creating a well-supported scientific ecosystem, not only to fight COVID-19, but to head off future pandemics as well. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Trevor Bedford is quoted.