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

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COVID-19 on Washington farms

Nearly two-thirds of farms experienced increased operating costs, according to new report from the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, DEOHS and partners

In a park, a woman in a face mask holds a mobile phone while observing a runner with a dog on a leash.

King County gets high marks for masking

More than 85% of observed King County residents masked up in public, UW researchers find in partnership with King County and Washington State Department of Health

A man stands in a lab holding a swab in its paper packaging.

Can a single test detect both TB and COVID-19?

It’s one of several innovative ideas to help end TB from the research lab of DEOHS Professor Jerry Cangelosi

Two women in "Nuestra Casa" T-shirts and face masks stand next to a sign about resources offered by Nuestra Casa in English and Spanish (ESL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Health Workshops, Referral Services)

A community lifeline in the pandemic

Community groups fill a public health gap for farmworkers and other Central Washington residents, new report from UW and Front and Centered shows

Map of Seattle showing by zip code which areas are most vulnerable to COVID-19

Mapping vaccine access

New mapping tool developed by DEOHS helps City of Seattle prioritize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

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Cultivating farmworker health on the airwaves

PNASH Center partners with Radio KDNA to develop a COVID-19 Spanish radio series for farmworkers


In the news

Many cleaning products are labeled as eco-friendly, but how do we know what that means — and what it doesn't mean? Experts explain.
May 7, 2021 | NBC News | Featured: Nancy Simcox View

Seattle health expert says reaching herd immunity unlikely
May 6, 2021 | KING-5 News | Featured: Gerard A. Cangelosi View

Celebs endorse the WELL Health-Safety seal, but does the science hold up?
May 4, 2021 | MedPage Today | Featured: Martin A. Cohen View

Ventilation is key to school safety during the pandemic. How are Washington schools refreshing classroom air?
April 30, 2021 | Seattle Times | Featured: Marissa Baker, Elena Austin View

Even if you’re vaccinated, indoor dining is still complicated
April 30, 2021 | Vox | Featured: Marissa Baker View