DEOHS responds to COVID-19


How our research is contributing to the public health response


Experts at the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences are actively engaged in COVID-19 research and service activities to help protect workers and build resilient communities during the global pandemic.


Our impact

Pandher, wearing a face mask, standing next to a sidewalk with evergreens in the background.

Protecting Washington workers in the pandemic

DEOHS environmental health major responds to workers' concerns about COVID-19 and more while interning with Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Two cars driving on otherwise empty Interstate 5 going over Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state, with roadside sign reading "STAYING HOME IS SAVING LIVES. KEEP IT UP WA!"

Measuring the pandemic’s impact on air pollution

Harmful air pollution dropped in Seattle after the COVID-19 shutdown, DEOHS-led team shows

Peterson standing in front of a canyon in the Badlands.

Protecting health in the Great Plains

DEOHS environmental health major takes on the COVID-19 crisis and more while interning with the Indian Health Service

A woman picks yellow flowers in a field.

Collaborating for health equity

DEOHS awarded three COVID-19 health equity research grants from the UW Population Health Initiative

Alexandria Vingino standing in front of a lake and mountain, with a cloth face mask in hand.

Why are there drug-resistant bacteria in seal poop?

MPH student Alexandria Vingino and collaborators find antibiotic-resistant E. coli in the waste of some marine mammals around Puget Sound

A mannequin on an operating table with a black air monitoring sensor on its chest.

Can the coronavirus spread in hospital air?

Using state-of-the-art sensors, DEOHS researchers team up with UW colleagues to track aerosols in a hospital environment


In the news

7 months into COVID crisis, ‘we’re not going back to normal,’ UW pandemic expert
September 25, 2020 | KIRO Radio | Featured: Peter Rabinowitz View

Food insecurity spikes sharply among Black and Hispanic families
September 16, 2020 | KIRO-7 News | Featured: Jennifer Otten View

Why 'herd immunity' to beat COVID-19 isn't recommended
September 15, 2020 | KING-5 News | Featured: Peter Rabinowitz View

As WA restaurants struggle, workers weigh physical and economic survival
September 14, 2020 | Crosscut | Featured: Marissa Baker View

Wildfire smoke exacerbates COVID-related respiratory concerns
September 8, 2020 | KUOW | Featured: Joel D. Kaufman View