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What COVID-19 antibody tests can and cannot tell us

Scientific American, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dozens of antibody tests for the novel coronavirus have become available in recent weeks. And early results from studies of such serological assays in the U.S. and around the world have swept headlines. Despite optimism about these tests possibly becoming the key to a return to normal life, experts say the reality is complicated and depends on how results are used. Dr. Trevor Bedford of UW's Department of Epidemiology is mentioned in this article.

Florida governor claims coronavirus victory, but luck may have been a factor

CNN, Monday, May 4, 2020

Epidemiologists are baffled by how the coronavirus pandemic has played out thus far in Florida but the state's governor isn't waiting much longer to declare his response a win. As Gov. Ron DeSantis prepared to reopen much of his state Monday, he took a victory lap that began at the White House last week, touting his "tailored" and "surgical" approach to stay-at-home orders as the central reason Florida has so far defied the dire predictions. UW epidemiology professor Dr. Ali Mokdad is quoted in this article.

Seattle Has a Sane Plan to End Lockdown. It Might Not Work

Daily Beast, Monday, May 4, 2020

Seattle's cautious exit strategy to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is occurring slower than much of the country, may not work as intended. Dr. Ali Mokdad of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted in this article.

Studies show that COVID-19 can spread quickly in homeless communities

DGH, Monday, May 4, 2020

Researchers have been studying COVID-19 in homeless communities, specifically in shelters with two or more confirmed cases in the weeks prior to their study. They found that in these shelters with clusters of cases, the proportion of positive tests was higher than in shelters with lower amounts of previously reported cases. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Helen Chu is mentioned in this article.

Mathematical models help predict the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak. But can they be believed?

The Seattle Times, Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mathematical models are helping to predict the tragectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and throughout the world, but epidemiologists and some politicians are stressing what these models can and cannot do. UW epidemiology faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Halloran is quoted in this article.

Make face masks as normal as condoms to slow viral spread, researcher urges

The Spokesman-Review, Sunday, May 3, 2020

With the economy restarting and more universities planning some level of in-person classes this fall, researchers are urging “front and center” conversations about the lifesaving importance of wearing face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, similar to the approach taken to increase the use of condoms to reduce HIV transmission. Dr. Jared Baeten of UW's Department of Epidemiology is mentioned in this article.


Remdesivir gets FDA approval, UW researcher reacts

KIRO 7, Friday, May 1, 2020

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of remdesivir to be used to treat symptoms of the coronavirus. The University of Washington conducted one of the clinical trials. UW epidemiologist Dr. Helen Chu is quoted in this article.

Antiviral drug remdesivir wins FDA’s authorization for wider use in COVID-19 treatment

GeekWire, Friday, May 1, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration today authorized emergency use of the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir for treating COVID-19 in the wake of encouraging results from a federally backed clinical trial. UW epidemiology faculty Dr. Helen Chu is quoted.

Multisite trial early data suggests remdesivir is effective

UW Medicine, Friday, May 1, 2020

Remdesivir, a non-specific antiviral drug that was originally tested against Ebola, has been shown to be effective against the new coronavirus in a preliminary data analysis, as reported by the National Institutes of Health. The UW School of Medicine was one of the sites in the National Institutes of Health trial. Dr. Helen Chu of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted in this article.

Initiative announces award of 21 COVID-19 rapid response grants

UW News, Thursday, April 30, 2020

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $350,000 in COVID-19 rapid response grants to 21 different faculty-led teams. Dr. Ali Mokdad of UW's Department of Epidemiology is quoted.