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Studying the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations in Africa

SPH News, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A new project led by Dr. Judd Walson, a professor of epidemiology and global health at UW, has received nearly $1.4 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to monitor the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Africa and how it effects vulnerable populations. 

US Coronavirus Deaths To Hit 132,000 By August, COVID-19 Data Reveals

International Business Times, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The latest death toll update to the heavily cited "COVID-19 Projections" from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington now predicts the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States at 131,967 by August 4. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Ali Mokdad is quoted in this article.

Steam Study shows point-of-care viral load testing can improve HIV outcomes

DGH News, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Simplifying HIV treatment and Monitoring (STEAM) system, led by UW professor of epidemiology and global health Dr. Paul Drain, found that point-of-care HIV viral load monitoring and task shifting significantly improved viral suppression and retention HIV care, as compared to standard laboratory-based HIV viral load testing. This study was the first randomized controlled trial to compare rapid point-of-care HIV viral load testing against standard of care lab-based HIV viral load testing, which usually requires several weeks to return results to patients.

‘Where are the patients?’ People are avoiding doctors, hospitals because of coronavirus worries

The Seattle Times, Monday, May 25, 2020

Beginning in March, public officials told Washingtonians to avoid going to the hospital, if possible. People stayed home, with nationwide outpatient visits dropping some 60% in early April, according to one estimate. Some feared they risked contracting COVID-19 at hospitals. The governor canceled elective surgeries statewide. Many mammograms and colonoscopies went on hold. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted.

How Will Our Bodies Change From Being Inside for Months?

Gizmodo, Monday, May 25, 2020

Are there any physiological changes we can expect to see with pandemic-associated quarantine measures? UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Anne McTiernan is quoted in this article.

The complications of counting COVID deaths in Washington

Seattle Weekly, Sunday, May 24, 2020

How Washington state counts its COVID-19 deaths is a simple question. Getting a final and correct answer for the state is not. When someone dies, determining the cause can take anywhere from a day to six months, or even longer. It can be a slow and complicated process of investigating. UW professor emeritus of epidemiology Dr. Jonathan Mayer is quoted.

Contact tracing for COVID-19 will be the most complex health investigation ever

National Geographic, Sunday, May 24, 2020

To halt the spread of the deadly virus, health experts say states need to hire contact tracers to quickly hunt down everyone who’s been exposed. UW professor of epidemiology Dr. Janet Baseman is quoted in this article.

Federal Scientists Finally Publish Remdesivir Data

The New York Times, Saturday, May 23, 2020

Nearly a month after federal scientists claimed that an experimental drug had helped patients severely ill with coronavirus, the research has been published. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Helen Chu is mentioned.

Thinking About Expanding Your Quarantine Circle? Here's What Public Health Experts Say

BuzzFeed News, Saturday, May 23, 2020

The days are long, your skin remembers what sunshine feels like again, and the trees that line your block are green and lush. In any non-pandemic year, we'd welcome summer with open arms. But with more than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and nearly 100,000 deaths to date, the change in season has brought about uncertainty and frustration as stay-at-home orders continue extending. UW professor of epidemiology Dr. Janet Baseman is referenced in this article.

Coronavirus contact tracing is ramping up, along with online training to fill the gap

GeekWire, Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Washington State Department of Health is in the early stages of a massive effort to interview COVID-19 patients and track down those who might have been infected by those patients. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Janet Baseman is quoted.