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

Two men in face masks carry a tall ladder standing six feet apart.

Co-creating COVID-19 messages for farmworkers

Funding from the UW Population Health Initiative jump-started efforts by DEOHS and our partners, working side-by-side with farmworkers, to create tailored safety messages

A man lays his cheek against a water buffalo while holding a harness.

Stopping animal-to-human disease transmission

DEOHS Professor Elaine Faustman will lead risk analysis and communication for new $100 million USAID initiative

A doctor sits in front of a computer with a video image of herself and a patient.

Ensuring access to care for injured workers

Specialists in our Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic quickly pivot to telemedicine to care for patients during the pandemic

A sign on a door reads "No Mask No Entry" as a worker in a face mask cleans a counter in the background.

Vulnerable workers face COVID-19 risk

Women, workers of color filling most ‘high-hazard/low-reward’ jobs in Washington, says a new report from DEOHS and our partners


Three people with face masks on stand in front of a fence with houses in background. Person in middle holds a clipboard and pen, person on right gives a peace sign and is wearing a t-shirt that reads "SERVE LOCAL."

Where you live could influence your COVID-19 risk

King County neighborhoods with highest COVID-19 rates also face higher air pollution and socioeconomic inequities, DEOHS research shows

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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


In the news

King County researchers want to know who is wearing a mask
November 30, 2020 | KING 5 News | Featured: Marissa Baker View

Coronavirus cases spike among Puget Sound-area transit workers
November 28, 2020 | Seattle Times | Featured: Marissa Baker View

How widespread is mask-wearing in Washington? UW study aims to find out, starting in King County
November 28, 2020 | Seattle Times | Featured: Martin A. Cohen, Marissa Baker View

How ventilation plays a role in reducing indoor spread of COVID-19
November 25, 2020 | Crosscut | Featured: Martin A. Cohen View

It may look more crowded at the supermarket, but stores say they’re still playing it safe
November 24, 2020 | Boston Globe | Featured: Marissa Baker View