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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How public health can make a difference in how we feel at work

DEOHS Assistant Professor Marissa Baker shares how she collaborates with communities to create safer workplaces and bring her research into practice

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How giving our buildings a tune-up can make us healthier

Joseph Allen, director of the Harvard Healthy Buildings Program, will present a public lecture at the UW on November 3, sponsored by DEOHS

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Celebrating DEOHS essential workers

Our research scientists, field staff and building managers kept critical DEOHS research and services going during the pandemic

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At every age, cleaner air means better health

Tiny pollution particles can cause major health problems. Our research shows how to minimize your risk.

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Ensuring respiratory health in long-term care

DEOHS MPH student Inna Antonchuk works with Washington State Department of Health to support occupational health nursing outreach for assisted living

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The risks veterinarians face in the pandemic

DEOHS MPH student and veterinarian Katy Burr assesses the health and safety of others in her field


In the news

Bivalent booster protects against omicron mutations ahead of winter
October 31, 2022 | KIRO News Radio | Featured: Marissa Baker View

Space Needle sees the light on virus-fighting technology as it tests new devices in elevators
October 14, 2022 | GeekWire | Featured: Martin A. Cohen View

How to keep from getting sick at work as offices drop COVID safety measures
September 16, 2022 | Fortune | Featured: Marissa Baker View

Clearing the air is key to battling COVID; King County offers free filters, but more aid is needed
May 1, 2022 | Seattle Times | Featured: Marissa Baker View

Yes, wearing a mask can help protect you from getting COVID-19, even if others aren’t wearing them
April 21, 2022 | KING-5 News | Featured: Marissa Baker View