Infectious diseases

Can a single test detect both TB and COVID-19?
Blog entry | March 23, 2021
The world has pledged to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2035. COVID-19 threatens to move the goalposts. In Jerry Cangelosi’s lab at the University of Washington—as in many labs and clinics around the world—efforts are being pulled from TB into COVID-19 research and diagnostic testing in response to the global pandemic.

A community lifeline in the pandemic
Blog entry | March 02, 2021
Esther Min, DEOHS research consultant and Front and Centered environmental health lead.

Cultivating farmworker health on the airwaves
Blog entry | February 18, 2021
For many farmworkers across Washington state, the risks of working on the front lines during the pandemic have been compounded by an “infodemic.”

Carving her own path
Blog entry | February 08, 2021
While browsing in a Davis, California, bookstore, Karen Levy came across a brightly illustrated book with a provocative title that would change the trajectory of her academic career.

Navigating a safe return to work
Blog entry | January 31, 2021

Flushing out COVID-19
Blog entry | January 20, 2021
A simple, inexpensive method to capture the new coronavirus in wastewater could speed up detection of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, dorms and low-resource settings, according to new research by UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) Professor and Associate Chair Scott Meschke and colleague

Cadmium exposure and COVID-19
Blog entry | January 12, 2021
DEOHS Assistant Professor Dr. Coralynn Sack

Our most-read stories of 2020
Blog entry | December 22, 2020
In a year like no other, DEOHS faculty, students and staff quickly pivoted to tackle new threats posed by the pandemic. We contributed to Washington state's COVID-19 response, showed the effectiveness of self-sampling for the virus and assessed impacts on essential workers—not to mention our furry friends.

Co-creating COVID-19 messages for farmworkers
Blog entry | November 20, 2020
Elizabeth Torres with El Proyecto Bienestar.

Stopping animal-to-human disease transmission
Blog entry | November 09, 2020
DEOHS Professor Elaine Faustman

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?

Boosting economic recovery from the pandemic
Blog entry | July 01, 2020
 

Nourishing many passions
Blog entry | June 12, 2020
When Michael Rosenfeld started college, he planned to become a labor historian. But his cell biology professor at Grinnell College turned him on to science.

Finding beauty in the details
Blog entry | May 20, 2020
Alexa Yadama BS, Environmental Health Hometown Pullman, WA Future plans A career in environmental or public health, and eventually a master’s in public health. “ I really appreciate mixing public health with my science background and helping people with the knowledge I have.”

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.

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?

The water protector
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Ola i ka Wai. Water is life. Tyler Gerken MS, Environmental Health Hometown: Kea’au, Hawai’i Island, HI Future plans: A career in the US Public Health Service, perhaps as an environmental health officer for the National Park Service or the Indian Health Service

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  

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?

TB screening made easy
Blog entry | March 24, 2020
People wait in line at a TB clinic in Bangladesh. Photo: Gerard Cangelosi

Catching waterborne disease before it spreads
Blog entry | March 23, 2020
Water is essential for life, but in communities with inadequate sanitation, it can also spread diseases like polio, typhoid and hepatitis A. By monitoring wastewater and water sources contaminated by wastewater for pathogens in fecal matter, researchers and public health workers can help stop waterborne illnesses in their tracks.

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?

Responding now to climate change
Blog entry | January 21, 2020
Many state and local health agencies recognize the threat of climate change but need more resources and clearer, more flexible guidance to reduce its impact on public health, according to a new study from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).

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