Does warmer weather slow coronavirus?
Researchers are asking, why is the global pandemic that ravaged New York playing itself out so differently in the South and the West? The answer could have to do with temperatures differences between the geographic regions, with researchers hypothesizing that warmer weather slows the spread of the virus. Dr. Ali Mokdad of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted in this article.
Immune response in colorectal cancer: What helps, what hurts?
A new grant from the National Cancer Institute will help researchers with the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium, or GECCO, better understand the body’s natural immune response to colorectal cancer and what, exactly, drives it. The $3.66 million award will fund a five-year study that could lead to better prevention approaches for this common cancer. UW epidemiology faculty members Drs. Amanda Phipps and Ulrike Peters are mentioned.
UW expert: ‘History of the virus remains to be written’ in US
With the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation recently increasing its predicted total for coronavirus deaths in the United States, researchers are looking to remind the country that the outbreak is far from over. Dr. Ali Mokdad of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted.
New York City recorded 24,000 more deaths than normal over 2 months this spring. About 5,000 of those are still a mystery.
efore the coronavirus outbreak, New York City expected to see around 8,000 deaths this spring. Instead, the health department recorded 32,000 deaths from March 11 to May 2. Around 14,000 of the 24,000 excess deaths were laboratory-confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Another 5,000 are considered "probable" coronavirus deaths, meaning the patients were not tested, but the coronavirus is listed on their death certificates. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, faculty with UW's Department of Epidemiology, is quoted in this article.
Experts sound off: How will COVID-19 affect air travel going forward?
A tweet from a doctor traveling on a packed weekend flight from New York to San Francisco has gone viral after the photo showed passengers on the cramped plane, raising questions about social distancing. This calls into question how air travel is likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic going forward. Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, UW epidemiology emeritus faculty, is quoted.
Floridians stopped traveling well before official shutdowns, data shows
The question has vexed epidemiologists for weeks now: How has Florida kept the coronavirus in check, given that official shutdown orders came so much later there than in other states? One answer, according to data analysis from the Tampa Bay Times, is that many Floridians stopped traveling long before their county or state stepped in. Dr. Ali Mokdad of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted.
University of Washington professor says it's the 'right time' for some states to consider reopening
Right now is the "right time" for America to consider safely lifting coronavirus restrictions on a case-by-case basis, UW epidemiology professor Dr. Ali Mokdad urged Saturday. Appearing on "Cavuto LIVE" with host Neil Cavuto, Dr. Mokdad said that the U.S. has to "bring about reopening the country" in a careful manner using the scientific tools at the nation's disposal.
Clinical trial enrollment plummets as volunteers are scared off coronavirus drugs promoted by Trump
One of the hottest debates in the coronavirus pandemic is whether the malaria drugs promoted as possible treatments by President Donald Trump really work. But Americans don’t seem overly eager to help answer the question. Enrollment in several clinical trials of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, including two by the University of Washington, has been anemic so far. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Ruanne Barnabas is quoted.
CDC scientists overruled in White House push to restart airport fever screenings for COVID-19
The White House is pushing a return to a failed strategy of relying on temperature screening of air travelers to detect coronavirus despite vehement objections from the nation's top public health agency. The discord underscores the diminished standing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as local governments, businesses and community leaders seek direction on how to reopen safely. Dr. Alison Roxby, faculty with UW's Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.
Mask or no mask? New social tension splits Seattle-area residents in coronavirus era
Since health officials began recommending everyone wear face coverings in public to reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a new social phenomenon has emerged. Whatever strangeness people felt upon donning masks has been replaced by a wariness of anyone who does not. Dr. Jared Baeten, professor of epidemiology at UW, is quoted in this article.