Today, May 17 is “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia”. We celebrate the proud resistance and long struggle for basic rights waged by LBGTQIA2S+ activists and their allies. This struggle has a deep connection to public health activism. May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The United States hit the tragic milestone of 1 million COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, according to the White House, but researchers say the actual pandemic death toll -- including people who died from the pandemic's collateral damage -- is actually much higher.
Controversy over abortion reached a fever pitch on May 2, 2022, when the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion was published by Politico. If the draft’s key points are reflected in the final ruling, this would strike down Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that nearly 50 years ago established the right to choose an abortion.
Some 60% of virus spread starts with those who have no symptoms. A cough or sneeze in the checkout line at the grocery store may elicit fear of COVID-19, but that maskless person quietly sitting next to you on the subway could pose just as much of a threat, public health experts say. Dr. Helen Chu, infectious disease physician at the University of Washington School of Medicine, was featured.
Cleaner air in United States and Europe is brewing more Atlantic hurricanes, a new U.S. government study found. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health, was mentioned.
Scientists turn their attention to finding the rare individuals who have not yet contracted the virus. Christopher Murray, professor of global health and Director of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation was mentioned.
The University of Washington School of Medicine (SoM) and UW School of Public Health (SPH) are pleased to announce that Dr. Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Global Health (DGH) until a permanent chair is found. “We are confident that Carey will continue to provide outstanding leadership for the department” said Dean of Public Health Hilary Godwin and Dean of Medicine Paul Ramsey.
A big mystery of the COVID-19 pandemic that researchers are baffled by is that some people are exposed to the virus but never get sick even as others are diagnosed with it multiple times, despite being vaccinated. Researchers say figuring out why that happens is an important question, and they're working to find the answer. Dr. Michael Gale, professor of global health, was quoted.