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How do Alaska leaders know it’s safe to reopen the economy? It’s all about data – but it’s complicated.

Alaska Public Media, Friday, May 22, 2020

As Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz move to reopen the state and city economy, both say that their actions will be guided by data. But both officials and experts caution that the decision-making around the reopening can be complicated and hard for the public to follow. UW professor with the Department of Epidemiology Dr. Janet Baseman is quoted.

Study says mobility in Seattle increasing as Memorial Day weekend approaches

Komo News, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Across greater Seattle more people are venturing away from home. Travel hit its low point in March when mobility was reduced more than 50 percent according to Intix. That number slowly increased since. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Ali Mokdad is quoted.

‘The outbreak of our lifetime’: UW epidemiology graduate students join statewide COVID-19 response

The Daily, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Developed as a partnership between public health agencies and the UW School of Public Health, the Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) team, allows graduate students to receive focused training in applied epidemiology and complete field assignments at local and state health departments. Amid a global pandemic, these field assignments have expanded to include COVID-19 response activities and now, over 20 previous and current SEALs are involved in the biggest deployment in the history of the program.

COVID-19 contact tracing apps are coming to a phone near you. How will we know whether they work?

Science Magazine, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Australia was among the first countries to launch a national contact tracing app, and many more plan to do so in the coming weeks. As health departments weigh competing app designs and prepare their pitches to privacy-conscious citizens, they’ll have to define success. UW epidemiologist Dr. Allison Black is quoted.

Have we flattened the curve? TNT asks University of Washington epidemiologist for answers

The News Tribune, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Did we flatten the curve on the coronavirus? It may be too soon to definitively answer; but even if we did, the pandemic is not over. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Stephen Hawes is quoted in this article.

Less traffic means 40% drop in car pollution in Seattle but will it last?

Komo News, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Experts say our good air quality this spring is partially due to people driving less. However, they warn that unless big, long-term changes are made, these cleaner skies are not here to stay. From late March through the end of April, car pollution in Seattle dropped by roughly 40 percent compared to the same time in previous years. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Joel Kaufman is quoted in this article.

Where does the six-foot rule for social distancing come from?

Fortune, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

One of the core disruptions of life during the coronavirus pandemic is the new necessity for social distancing, also and more accurately called “physical distancing.” But where does the number come from? Why six feet, and not ten or four? UW epidemiology professor Dr. Janet Baseman is referenced in this article.

Untangling coronavirus' uneven impact in the West

Crosscut, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Luck and strategy have played an equal part in determining whether the coronavirus hit an individual state or city more like a tsunami or a flood, according to scientists and policy analysts studying the path of the pandemic. And nowhere have these contrasts been more obvious than in the West, where the impact of COVID-19 has been very inconsistent. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted in this article.

Local epidemiologist says ‘forgive yourself’ for quarantine fatigue

My Northwest, Monday, May 18, 2020

Quarantine fatigue is real. Everyone, whether they’re struggling financially, emotionally, or otherwise during this pandemic, is dealing with new emotions and challenges. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Christopher Carlson is quoted in this article.


Long-acting injectable drug prevents HIV infections

Science Magazine, Monday, May 18, 2020

It’s not an AIDS vaccine but it may be the closest thing to one so far. A long-acting antiretroviral drug given as an injection every 2 months powerfully protected uninfected people from HIV in a large-scale study that was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The apparent success—the study has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented to HIV researchers at a meeting—offers a potentially easier alternative to taking daily pills of other antiretrovirals, which has proved difficult for many people. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted.