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

A woman in a striped T-shirt and wearing surgical gloves stands near a desk in a laboratory.

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.

Portrait of Inna Antonchuk looking at camera, wearing a gold pendant necklace with the letter V.

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

Woman with glasses and a nose ring holds a golden retriever puppy outside while smiling.

The risks veterinarians face in the pandemic

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

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How well does your N95 mask fit?

Expert tips for getting a good fit from your mask, and when you should replace it

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Pandemic disrupts food access for tribal communities

Washington State Tribal Food Project shows disproportionate food insecurities in tribal communities during the pandemic


In the news

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

How to prolong the life of your N95 and KN95 masks
February 21, 2022 | Seattle Times | Featured: Marissa Baker View

China’s ‘closed loop’ Olympics limited coronavirus, even with some head-scratching measures
February 19, 2022 | Los Angeles Times | Featured: Marissa Baker View

'We need to get people back into the office': Public officials take up Microsoft's push to reopen workplaces
February 18, 2022 | Puget Sound Business Journal | Featured: Marissa Baker View