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

Map of Seattle showing by zip code which areas are most vulnerable to COVID-19

Mapping vaccine access

New mapping tool developed by DEOHS helps City of Seattle prioritize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

Two people sit in a radio booth at a table with microphones, with sign "RADIO CADENA" behind them.

Cultivating farmworker health on the airwaves

PNASH Center partners with Radio KDNA to develop a COVID-19 Spanish radio series for farmworkers

A neon green laser light highlights the airflow on the stage of a large theatre space.

Navigating a safe return to work

Businesses from the Space Needle to Sony Pictures seek advice from DEOHS experts on how to keep employees and customers safe from COVID-19

Two lab workers in protective suits and face shields hold up samples of wastewater in plastic bottles.

Flushing out COVID-19

Using milk to extract the novel coronavirus from wastewater could help pinpoint new outbreaks

A hand holding a lit cigarette.

Cadmium exposure and COVID-19

New research finds high levels of cadmium from smoking and certain foods are linked to more severe flu, pneumonia—and potentially, COVID-19

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."

Our most-read stories of 2020

From COVID-19 to wildfire smoke: counting down our top stories from Health & Safety Matters, the DEOHS blog


In the news

New UW mapping tool to help Seattle officials improve equity in city's vaccine rollout
February 24, 2021 | Seattle P-I | Featured: DEOHS research consultant Esther Min View

Seattle will use a UW-developed mapping tool to guide equitable vaccine distribution
February 24, 2021 | Seattle Times | Featured: DEOHS research consultant Esther Min View

Government action took months as nursing home workers died during the pandemic
February 18, 2021 | CNN | Featured: Marissa Baker View

Employers can require the coronavirus vaccine, but most major Seattle businesses are holding off for now
February 5, 2021 | Seattle Times | Featured: Marissa Baker View

UW researchers surveying mask wearing in King County
February 4, 2021 | UW Daily | Featured: Martin A. Cohen View