SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

October 15, 2020
Scientific American
Naomi Nkinsi, a medical student in the UW School of Medicine and UW School of Public Health, is interviewed about her winning fight to change an equation that prevented Black people from getting crucial treatment.
October 15, 2020
The Seattle Times
The Salish Lodge outbreak of 25 cases, and a recently confirmed case of six guests who tested positive for the coronavirus at the Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union, has raised the question of who should be notified, when and by whom when there is a COVID-19 outbreak at a hotel. Marissa Baker, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
October 15, 2020
King 5 News
Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, shares his research showing that food insecurity is not evenly distributed. Single mothers, people of lower income and people of color are more vulnerable.
October 14, 2020
CNN
Plexiglass shields have become ubiquitous at offices, grocery stores and restaurants across the country in the coronavirus age. Given that they’re just about everywhere, you may wonder how effective they actually are. Marissa Baker, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
October 13, 2020
The Seattle Times
A vaccine could mean a turning point in the fight against a novel coronavirus that has infected at least 7.8 million people in the United States, killed more than 214,000 nationwide and unraveled aspects of most everyone’s lives. Comments by Warp Speed’s chief adviser Moncef Slaoui, from the John Hopkins University and University of Washington Vaccine Symposium, are included. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
October 12, 2020
KUOW
KUOW looks at where the COVID-19 pandemic might be headed in our region as the days get shorter and flu season heats up. Dr. Leo Morales, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
October 12, 2020
KUOW
KUOW looks at where the COVID-19 pandemic might be headed in our region as the days get shorter and flu season heats up. Dr. Leo Morales, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
October 5, 2020
Associated Press
Fewer children are getting scheduled vaccinations for diseases such as measles in Washington state since March, when it became clear the novel coronavirus was spreading across the globe. Dr. Beth Ebel, adjunct professor of epidemiology and health services, is quoted.
October 6, 2020
Associated Press
Emergency room doctors, public health experts, survivors of the disease and those who have lost loved ones were aghast about President Trump's advice to not fear the disease, saying his cavalier words were especially dangerous at a time when infections are on the rise in many places. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 23, 2020
U.S. News and World Report
It's wildfire season out West. Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and worsened symptoms of chronic respiratory conditions from smoke exposure are leading to increased visits to emergency rooms and urgent care centers. If you live within range of wildfire smoke, it's important to protect your lungs. Dr. Cora Sack, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health, is quoted.
September 23, 2020
BuzzFeed News
A 61-year-old Mexican man died in ICE custody from COVID-19 more than two months after a federal judge ordered his release from prison, saying his ability to defend himself from severe injury or death from the disease would be “substantially diminished” while locked up due to his chronic illness. Dr. Marc Stern, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
September 25, 2020
KUOW
Recent rains have washed away the thick wildfire smoke that fouled Washington’s air for much of September. That smoke didn’t just disappear, though — where did it go? Edmund Seto, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is interviewed.
September 28, 2020
KNKX
Dr. Helen Chu, adjunct associate professor of global health and epidemiology, talks about the strategy behind the Husky Coronavirus Testing program.
September 25, 2020
LA Times
Schools in Orange County are beginning to reopen. For parents trying to gauge the safety of their school’s plan, it may be useful to put the county’s numbers and procedures in context with how places around the world have handled school reopenings. A study from UNESCO, the UW Department of Global Health, Our World in Data and the Kaiser Family Foundation is referenced.
September 28, 2020
The Seattle Times
Five days a week, the Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness produces the “COVID-19 Literature Situation Report,” which provides a succinct summary of key scientific developments around COVID-19. The UW’s Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology; Jennifer Ross, acting assistant professor of global health; and Wenwen Jiang, a doctoral student in epidemiology, are part of the group.
October 28, 2020
Yahoo! Style
Your body needs dietary fat in order to lose weight and function properly. Healthy fats help regulate hunger hormones, increase satiety, protect against heart disease, transport nutrients through your body and improve your fat-soluble vitamin uptake. Mario Kratz, research associate professor of epidemiology, is referenced.
October 28, 2020
KUOW
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been plenty of explosive headlines about the novel coronavirus. A group of UW researchers at the Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness want to help you sift through the noise with the COVID-19 Literature Report. Jennifer Ross, acting assistant professor of global health, is interviewed. [This is the third installment of the Sept. 28 episode of the “The Record.”]
September 30, 2020
Mother Jones
Following months of warnings, a Foster Farms plant closed after at least 392 workers tested positive for COVID-19 and eight died. Marissa Baker, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 30, 2020
MyNorthwest
Dr. Jennifer Ross, acting assistant professor of global health, says it’s very common for patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19 to have lingering symptoms, in some cases for months after their illness.
September 30, 2020
GeekWire
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered life as we know it in Seattle, and a team from the University of Washington is conducting research using images from around the city to better understand just how much. Nicole Errett, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 25, 2020
Vice
As wildfire smoke engulfed the Pacific Northwest, unhoused communities faced the highest risk. Anjum Hajat, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 24, 2020
Yahoo! Sports
When the HPV vaccine was approved, uptake of the vaccine was abysmal, so the CDC launched a campaign to promote its importance. As scientists edge closer to finalizing vaccines for COVID-19, lessons from HPV and other vaccine messaging campaigns are suddenly more relevant than ever. Beth Bell, clinical professor of global health, is quoted.
September 25, 2020
NBC News
An illustrated feature shares the story of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as told by the UW’s Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Helen Chu, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and global health.
September 24, 2020
Patch
A nationwide study co-authored by Anirban Basu, professor of health sciences, found between 1,000 and 5,000 new coronavirus cases each day in places where colleges have reopened for face-to-face instruction. [This is part of coronavirus updates for Sept. 24.]
September 21, 2020
KUOW
COVID-19 cases are declining across Washington, even prompting some schools to consider a return to in-person learning. But we're not out of the woods yet. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology, is interviewed.
September 18, 2020
NPR
NPR's Will Stone looks back on covering the first death in the country from COVID-19. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of epidemiology, are interviewed.
September 21, 2020
Crosscut
A growing body of evidence shows smoke is a lot more dangerous than we knew before. Is the government doing enough to protect residents? Dan Jaffe, professor of environmental chemistry at UW Bothell, and Anjum Hajat, assistant professor of epidemiology, are quoted.
September 15, 2020
The Seattle Times
Border detention facilities, prisons and refugee camps have something in common with communal homeless shelters, University of Washington School of Medicine researchers say. Researchers found that of the 1,434 homeless shelter residents tested for COVID-19 across 14 shelters, 29 turned up positive. Twenty-one had no symptoms when they were tested, and 24 of them had slept in a communal shelter in the prior week, as opposed to a private or family room. Dr. Helen Chu, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and global health, is quoted. The study was led by Julia H. Rogers, a PhD candidate in epidemiology.
September 15, 2020
KNKX
Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have more than doubled in our state. That’s according to researchers at the University of Washington, who have just compiled the results from their first round of a statewide survey. Jennifer Otten, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 14, 2020
KING 5
While many were hoping for some sort of relief from the smoke, that didn't happen Monday night. Air quality monitoring web site IQAir said Seattle and much of the state is experiencing 'unhealthy' or 'very unhealthy' air quality. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 14, 2020
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Public Broadcasting put together a guide to some of the most common questions received about the health impacts of wildfire smoke, air quality, how to stay safe and how it all intersects with the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 14, 2020
HealthDay News
Failure to "flatten the coronavirus curve" in the United States could lead to even more deaths than previously believed, a new study claims. The researchers concluded that every six additional intensive care unit beds or seven additional non-ICU beds filled by COVID-19 patients leads to one additional COVID-19 death over the following week. Anirban Basu, professor of health services, is quoted.
September 14, 2020
Crosscut
For the majority of the pandemic, dishwashers, cooks, bartenders, cafeteria workers and others in the food preparation and service industry have made up the largest percentage of Washington’s unemployed — even as Gov. Jay Inslee relaxed restrictions this summer, allowing dining rooms to reopen at reduced capacity. Marissa Baker, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 8, 2020
The Seattle Times
Harborview and more than 100 trauma centers across the country kicked off a two-year research project to collect extra data on gun injury patients, including detailed information about the circumstances surrounding a shooting to help identify risk factors. Dr. Fred Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 5, 2020
NBC News
Christopher Nolan’s latest thriller would likely have been a summer blockbuster in any other year, but now it is the great hope for movie theater owners. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 10, 2020
The Daily Beast
As the National Football League races toward a resumption of football in America on Thursday, the league’s pandemic contact-tracing technology of choice is in for a trial by fire. Janet Baseman, associate dean at the UW School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 11, 2020
The Seattle Times
With scores of wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest and a gauzy pall hanging over much of Washington, air quality is reaching unhealthy levels. Unfortunately, the cloth and surgical face masks that block respiratory droplets and help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t provide much protection against wildfire smoke. Dr. Cora Sack, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 8, 2020
Quartz
Last week, Google made public its data on search trends related to COVID-19 symptoms. This kind of data could be used to connect searches for COVID-19 symptoms to an uptick in cases, even before an outbreak has been detected. Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 9, 2020
Vice
Blithely setting off for a fun group trip isn’t an option right now. But people are finding ways to be more deliberate — and exclusive — about how they get away together in a pandemic. Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 8, 2020
KUOW
Several massive wildfires burning in Eastern Washington have led to extremely unhealthy air quality in the Puget Sound region. Right now, the air quality from Bellingham down to Seattle is considered unhealthy for everyone. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and of epidemiology, is interviewed.
September 8, 2020
SELF
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new death certificate data suggesting that other conditions were present in the majority of COVID-19 deaths that could have made the disease worse. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to twist the data around in harmful ways. Stephen Hawes, chair and professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 4, 2020
The Seattle Times
“Some workers are working remotely. Those who can do their job from home, like me, are most often working in higher-paid jobs in engineering, management and technology. Not only do our jobs minimize our exposure to COVID-19, but we are also less likely to be laid off, furloughed or have our hours reduced. We are among the most privileged workers this Labor Day,” writes Kim England, professor of geography and chair of the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Marissa Baker, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is referenced.
August 31, 2020
The Stranger
Because the federal government still hasn’t legalized pot, there’s no national guidance on protecting the safety of employees, leading to a patchwork of protections from state to state and a rise in occupational hazards like falls and asthma. Christopher Simpson, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 1, 2020
Grist
All seasons come with their perils, but we tend to look at warmer months through rose-colored glasses. Heat kills more people each year than any extreme weather. The emphasis on the merits of high temperatures could also have implications for climate change. After all, if warmer weather is good, what’s there to worry about? Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
September 1, 2020
KUOW
As smoke blankets northern California and parts of Oregon and Idaho, firefighters also battle flames all over Washington. Plumes of smoke similar to what has been seen in past years haven’t descended on Seattle, but if they do, researchers fear worse health effects than in normal years — because of the pandemic. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and of epidemiology, is quoted.
September 26, 2020
Wallethub
Conditions are even harder for underprivileged children this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. To determine where children are most disadvantaged, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of neediness. It consulted a panel of experts, including Dr. Beth Ebel, adjunct professor of health services and epidemiology.
September 28, 2020
Buzzfeed News
Scientists launched clinical trials to see if a malaria drug could prevent COVID-19. What happened next shows how politicized and disorganized coronavirus research has become. Ruanne Barnabas, associate professor of global health, is quoted.
August 26, 2020
HuffPost
Experts weigh in on the risk of using clothing rental services like Rent the Runway and Stitch Fix amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Marilyn Roberts, professor of environmental and occupational health, is quoted.
August 27, 2020
The Guardian
With the coronavirus ravaging many parts of the U.S., how and if schools should reopen has been a debate across the country that has largely not seen any resolution. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
August 27, 2020
National Geographic
Half a year into the worst public health crisis in a century, experts across the U.S. say the country can mount a comeback if it embraces reality and taps into its ingenuity. Janet Baseman, assistant dean of the UW School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology; Hilary Godwin, dean of the UW School of Public Health; and Dr. Jared Baeten, vice dean of the UW School of Public Health, are quoted.
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