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

3 women in PPE including face shields, masks, gloves, coats and closed toed shoes.

Retooling for online learning

From virtual field trips to social distancing in the lab, DEOHS students and faculty find new ways to teach, learn and do research in the face of COVID-19

A woman dressed in a black shirt holds several cleaning products in her arms.

How to clean green

Our COVID-19 disinfecting frenzy could harm our health. A new fact sheet from UW DEOHS and our partners offers safer alternatives

Construction worker sanding a floor with dust flying up

Helping businesses reopen safely

DEOHS researchers launch survey and offer their guidance on reopening in the pandemic

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New funding for pandemic research

UW DEOHS awarded four new rapid-response grants for research related to COVID-19

A grocery store employee stands with his back to the camera near a cart of grocery supplies against a backdrop of empty grocery store shelves.

Food systems under stress

New UW study to evaluate COVID-19 impacts on Washington’s food security, supply and access

factory cleanroom workers.

COVID-19 workplace impact survey

Contribute to helping businesses and industries in the Pacific Northwest safely operate by taking a survey on how COVID-19 has impacted your workplace.


In the news

Americans venture out for holiday travel in test of containment
May 22, 2020 | Bloomberg News | Featured: Hilary Arnold Godwin View

How to recreate responsibly in the outdoors
May 21, 2020 | REI Co-op Journal | Featured: Marilyn C. Roberts View

You don’t need to worry about spreading the coronavirus with cash
May 21, 2020 | The Conversation | Featured: Marilyn C. Roberts View

Less traffic means 40% cleaner skies in W. Wash. - but will it last?
May 20, 2020 | KOMO News | Featured: Joel D. Kaufman View

As states reopen, is it safe to see friends now?
May 19, 2020 | TODAY | Featured: Hilary Arnold Godwin View