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In Seattle’s polluted valley, pandemic and particulates are twin threats

KUOW, Friday, May 15, 2020

As the economy went into a pandemic-driven lockdown this spring, some types of air pollution in the Seattle area, including lung-irritating nitrogen oxides, lessened. Others, like the fine particles that diesel engines, wood-burning stoves and metal shredders can puff out, have worsened. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Joel Kaufman is quoted.

Washington needs COVID-19 testing plan

The Seattle Times, Friday, May 15, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee must produce a comprehensive plan for increasing COVID-19 testing in Washington. This is critical now that Inslee is reopening parts of the economy and deploying a contract-tracing brigade, to better inform people exposed to the novel coronavirus. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Judith Wasserheit is quoted in this article.

COVID-19 deaths, infections dropping in Washington but officials still urge caution

KOMO News, Friday, May 15, 2020

For the first time since the outbreak began King county reported a day with no deaths from the coronavirus. However, this is not the best indicator of the virus' tragectory. UW epidemiology faculty members Drs. Ali Mokdad and Jeff Duchin are referenced in this article.

COVID-19 raises risk for women who are obese and pregnant

UW Medicine, Friday, May 15, 2020

The novel coronavirus can severely affect pregnant women who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant, new research suggests. Published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the findings show that women who contract the virus may have a higher incidence of preterm birth. UW Department of Epidemiology alumna Dr. Erica Lokken is referenced in this article.

Alaska’s quarantine order has helped thwart COVID-19 but devastated tourism. Will Dunleavy keep it?

Alaska Public Media, Friday, May 15, 2020

Tourism advocates and leaders in Alaska say the state's stringent quarantine measures have devastated tourism. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten is quoted in this article.

UW modeler ‘concerned we are flying blind’ as states begin to reopen

My Northwest, Thursday, May 14, 2020

The latest update from modelers at the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts upwards of 147,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by August, driven by what one researcher worries is a lack of preparedness from states beginning to reopen. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Ali Mokdad is quoted.

How do we safely navigate social interactions for ourselves and our kids? - The Way Forward

King 5 News, Thursday, May 14, 2020

With much of the US reopening, many are left wondering how to safely navigate social interactions going forward. Dr. Ali Mokdad of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted in this article.

FDA halts COVID-19 in-home test kits in Seattle

KIRO 7, Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration temporarily shut down the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) operating in King County. The program, centered at the University of Washington, sent free test kits to participants. The participant could use the swab in their nose and send it back to the UW lab. Results were available in a couple of days, until Wednesday, that was when the FDA stepped in. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Helen Chu is mentioned in this article.

Traffic in Seattle area slowly returning

KIRO 7, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 shutdown began across Washington, traffic in the Seattle area dropped 54%. It's now rebounded a bit to a 35% drop from pre-COVID-19 levels. Dr. Ali Mokdad, faculty with the Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.

Can you give your dog COVID-19?

KUOW, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Home: a sanctuary against COVID-19 transmission. Right? Perhaps not when it comes to you and your pet. UW doctoral student Julianne Meisner is mentioned in this article.