Dr. Judith Wasserheit, Chair of the Department of Global Health, and Dr. Charles Holmes, Georgetown University join the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA) COVID-19 podcast to discuss the critical role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in COVID-19 response efforts, and how its defunding could impact our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future pandemics.
People Probably Caught Coronavirus from Minks. A Wake-up Call to Study Infections in Animals (Washington Post, Quotes Peter Rabinowitz)
The minks on Dutch fur farms first got sick in mid-April, showing symptoms ranging from runny noses to severe respiratory distress.
Americans have started returning to more normal lifestyles with the end of coronavirus lockdowns. But what activities are safe?
Reuters asked five epidemiologists and public health experts to rate eleven everyday activities on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being a low-risk activity and 5 being a high risk activity. The scientists agreed that precautions can be taken to make all of these activities safer.
While most of the University of Washington has shut down to comply with the state’s coronavirus response, many custodial workers are still reporting to work on campus. Evalynn Romano, a Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Department of Global Health, was seeing stories of people providing supplies and other gifts to healthcare workers, but wondered why custodial workers were not being shown the same appreciation.
It has been apparent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that certain people are responsible for spreading more than their share of infections.
The UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security has released a new daily newsletter that provides a succinct summary of the latest scientific literature related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day, there is a firehose of new scientific information emerging about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. This initiative is an attempt to focus that hose to highlight new findings that are most relevant to the public health response.
By Roshan Khatri (MPH, 2019)
Roshan Khatri graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a Master of Public Health in Global Health. He is now working for Headwaters Relief Organization, a nonprofit organization bringing hope and building resilience in people and communities.
Health Alliance International (HAI), a center of the University of Washington Department of Global Health, has launched their spin on a COVID information hub. The hub is providing updates on the pandemic in Mozambique, Timor-Leste, and Côte d’Ivoire, while also highlighting the adaptation and resilience of health workers and resource-limited health systems.