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Inside the world of concierge medicine, where COVID-19 tests abound

Business Insider, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ultrawealthy and sometimes asymptomatic Americans are using concierge doctors to access COVID-19 tests amid a nationwide shortage. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of epidemiology at UW, is quoted.

Washington seems to be avoiding the dramatic nationwide spike in deaths during coronavirus pandemic

The Seattle Times, Thursday, May 7, 2020

The first months of the novel coronavirus outbreak likely led to only a small rise in deaths beyond normal levels in Washington this spring, even as the fatalities in other states soared, according to an analysis of preliminary government data. Dr. Stephen Hawes, professor of epidemiology at UW, is quoted in this article.

Mask or no mask? New social tension splits Seattle-area residents in coronavirus era

The Seattle Times, Thursday, May 7, 2020

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 Whatever strangeness people felt upon donning masks has been replaced by a wariness of anyone who does not.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.

Washington seems to be avoiding the dramatic nationwide spike in deaths during coronavirus pandemic

The Seattle Times, Thursday, May 7, 2020

The first months of the novel coronavirus outbreak likely led to only a small rise in deaths beyond normal levels in Washington this spring, even as the fatalities in other states soared, according to an analysis of preliminary government data. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Stephen Hawes is quoted in this article.

The US is reopening too soon. One chart shows cases are still on the rise outside the tristate area

Business Insider, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Across the country, states are rolling back lockdown measures. At least 30 states have eased their restrictions or plan to reopen soon, according to The New York Times. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran of UW's Department of Epidemiology is mentioned in this article.

Coronavirus is spreading under the radar in US homeless shelters

Nature, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Close living quarters and a lack of testing among homeless people across the United States threaten the nation’s ability to control the pandemic, researchers say. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Helen Chu is quoted in this article.

Does acetaminophen cause cancer?

TMC, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Earlier this year, a regulatory effort in California is working toward getting acetaminophen classified as a carcinogen. The common pain reliever and fever reducer may be placed on the state’s list of chemicals “known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Dr. Noel Weiss, professor with the Department of Epidemiology, is quoted in this article.

How UW researchers doubled projections of US coronavirus deaths

King 5 News, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation bases and revises its projections on a number of factors, including some states relaxing social distancing. Dr. Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at UW, is quoted.

New COVID-19 treatment trial to look at hydroxychloroquine-based regimens

SPH News, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Researchers from the Schools of Public Health and Medicine have received $5.8 million from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator initiative to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of two drug regimens, hydroxychloroquine with and without azithromycin, for patients with COVID-19. The trial is co-led by UW epidemiology professor Dr. Jared Baeten, who is quoted in this article.

3 steps to help prevent another animal-to-human virus pandemic

The Seattle Times, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Governments and individuals are taking unprecedented, often very austere actions to control the ongoing spread of the pandemic coronavirus. However, they are neglecting an extremely important question that could cause the loss of millions of more lives: how do we prevent the next zoonotic respiratory virus pandemic? This article is authored by UW epidemiology adjunct professor Dr. Peter Rabinowitz.