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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Our most-read stories of 2021

Collaboration, community health and clean air: counting down our top 10 blog posts of 2021

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How the pandemic has affected food access

New UW study shows pandemic’s strain on Washington’s food access and food production systems

Photo of Sarah Philo in sunglasses standing in front of a body of water and Portugal's Belém Tower.

Creating a global picture of antimicrobial resistance

As a Fulbright fellow in Portugal, DEOHS PhD student Sarah Philo is tracking the spread of bacterial resistance to antibiotics to protect public health

A mid adult Asian couple standing at a kitchen counter in their home, they are preparing a salad for lunch together. The man is preparing lettuce leaves while holding his young son in his arms. His pregnant wife is grating carrots next to him.

How a key nutritional program adapted to the pandemic

Washington’s WIC nutritional support program served more families by increasing remote access, new UW-WIC study shows

A man wearing a face mask sits in the back seat of a car.

App-based drivers report COVID-19 stress

DEOHS-led study provides rare window into work life of app-based drivers during pandemic

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Safer cleaning through comics

DEOHS researchers with Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units develop comic strips in nine languages to promote safer cleaning habits for families


In the news

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

Great Korean BBQ and Yakiniku Restaurants in (and Around) Seattle
March 7, 2022 | Seattle Met | Featured: Martin A. Cohen View

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