COVID-19

Protecting Washington workers in the pandemic
Blog entry | September 04, 2020
This summer, I interned at the Department of Occupational Safety & Health in the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. I learned about ensuring the health and safety of employees exposed to different hazards, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
Measuring the pandemic’s impact on air pollution
Blog entry | September 02, 2020
After stay-at-home orders were issued in Washington state in response to the pandemic, some of the most harmful traffic-related air pollutants dropped significantly in Seattle, according to a research team led by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Protecting health in the Great Plains
Blog entry | August 24, 2020
Editor's note: Natalie Peterson is a UW senior completing her BS in Environmental Health. Her JRCOSTEP internship was recently featured by the Indian Health Service on its website.  
Collaborating for health equity
Blog entry | August 19, 2020
The University of Washington Population Health Initiative has awarded COVID-19 population health equity research grants to three projects involving partnerships between UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and community leaders.
Why are there drug-resistant bacteria in seal poop?
Blog entry | August 07, 2020
“When I explain my thesis project to people, they are always excited to hear about me working with marine animals,” Alexandria Vingino said. “And then I explain to them that I'm not really working with marine animals, I'm working with what’s in their poop.”
Can the coronavirus spread in hospital air?
Blog entry | July 27, 2020
“How can we make our operating room safer during the pandemic?” When Dr. James Hecker, an anesthesiologist at UW Medical Center, heard this question from a fellow physician, he thought about the problem not just as a doctor but also as an engineer.
Reusing N95 masks safely
Blog entry | July 23, 2020
How many times can a health care worker safely reuse a face mask?
Facing wildfire smoke amid COVID-19
Blog entry | July 20, 2020
When Jake asked me to go on a sunset hike, I knew what was coming. We were in our favorite place: the Methow Valley of Eastern Washington. When we crested the top of the mountain, a few sunrays peeked through the clouds, lighting up the fertile valley below. Still, when he got down on one knee, I was surprised, and overcome with happiness. Life seemed full of promise.
Boosting economic recovery from the pandemic
Blog entry | July 01, 2020
 
Landing her dream job
Blog entry | June 08, 2020
Kaitlyn Kelly MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Hometown Carmel, CA Future plans Continue her work as a policy specialist for the Washington State Department of Health.
Retooling for online learning
Blog entry | May 21, 2020
The University of Washington switched to 100% online learning just days after state public health officials announced the nation’s first death attributed to COVID-19 on February 29.
How to clean green
Blog entry | May 15, 2020
 
Helping businesses reopen safely
Blog entry | May 13, 2020
Business owners who have weathered pandemic closures face a new challenge as they prepare to reopen—protecting their workers in a landscape altered by the novel coronavirus. Now researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are teaming up to help them.
New funding for pandemic research
Blog entry | May 08, 2020
The University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) was recently awarded funding for four new projects to address the health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Food systems under stress
Blog entry | May 06, 2020
  DEOHS Associate Professor Jennifer Otten
Coronavirus guidance for farming, forestry and fishing
Blog entry | April 29, 2020
Each spring, seasonal farmworkers arrive in the Pacific Northwest for the planting season. This year, they’ve been met with a public health emergency.
Answering the state’s call for help on PPE
Blog entry | April 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt—whether that means throwing together dinner from pantry staples or tackling an urgent public health concern with some ingenuity and left-over materials in your lab.
Can pets get COVID-19?
Blog entry | April 17, 2020
Are our pets at risk for COVID-19?
Most people can’t work from home
Blog entry | April 08, 2020
Read the news release about Baker's study
An inside look at Washington’s pandemic response
Blog entry | March 31, 2020
Five months ago, I sat in a University of Washington classroom learning about how governments respond to emergencies in a course called “Disasters and Public Health,” part of my MPH program in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
COVID-19 resources for employers and workers
Blog entry | March 31, 2020
Are you a business owner or worker grappling with the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace? See our COVID-19 resource guide for businesses and employees  
Food in the time of coronavirus
Blog entry | March 30, 2020
Ensuring that all people have access to healthy food is a challenge in the best of times, but it has become even more daunting during the current pandemic.
New study clears path for self-sampling for COVID-19
Blog entry | March 25, 2020
Editor's note: Results from this study were published June 3, 2020, in the New England Journal of Medicine.  
Share your pandemic story
Blog entry | March 25, 2020
How are you coping with the COVID-19 outbreak? What are your family and your community doing to adapt to life under Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order with gatherings banned, travel curtailed and schools and nonessential businesses closed?
When telecommuting isn't an option
Blog entry | March 18, 2020
Our empty roads and restaurants reflect our new reality: Many workers are now working remotely in response to the coronavirus outbreak. But what if your work requires your presence?
Coronavirus myth-busting videos
Blog entry | March 12, 2020
The interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment, part of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, recently released a set of eight videos on what to do and not do in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Are travel bans effective?
Blog entry | February 07, 2020
  Countries including the US are taking dramatic steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, with some barring entry to anyone who has recently visited China. But do travel bans work?
Preparing for the next pandemic
Blog entry | January 17, 2020
Read more about the School of Public Health’s role with the Population Health Initiative in the new UW Public Health magazine.
Karen Levy
Faculty Member | May 12, 2020
My group carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of enteric (food and waterborne) diseases. We use environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate and land use change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.
Sheela Sathyanarayana
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research interests focus on exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals including phthalates and bisphenol A and their impact on reproductive development. Dr.