Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, health departments had limited staff, resources and time to support the diverse public health needs of our communities. This system will be further strained as the epidemic grows. We must immediately create a national public health reserve to shore up public health systems.
Study Shows Link Between COVID-19 and Heart Issues, Poor Outcomes for Patients on Ventilators (UW School of Public Health - Study led by Matt Arentz)
A University of Washington study provides some of the first details of 21 critically ill patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States, most of whom were linked to exposures at a nursing home at the center of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak early on in the global crisis.
Newly reported research findings may help in detecting and preventing the spread of COVID19 at independent and assisted living community for senior adults.
One of the valuable lessons from the study at an affected retirement center in Seattle: Health-professionals should not rely solely on symptoms to determine if an older adult should receive a lab test for the coronavirus.
The benefits of hydroxychloroquine being investigated in multi-site clinical trial launching in April
Researchers are investigating whether hydroxychloroquine – a commonly used anti-malarial and autoimmune drug – can prevent COVID-19.
A multi-site clinical trial, led by the University of Washington Department of Global Health/International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) in collaboration with NYU Grossman School of Medicine, aims to definitively determine whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent transmission in people exposed to the virus.
In a forecast based on new data analyses, researchers find demand for ventilators and beds in US hospital intensive care units (ICUs) will far exceed capacity for COVID-19 patients as early as the second week of April. Deaths related to the current wave of COVID-19 in the US are likely to persist into July, even assuming people protect themselves and their communities by strongly adhering to social distancing measures and by taking other precautions advised by public health officials.
The following links are a collection of news stories about the coronavirus that either quote, include, or were written by Department of Global Health faculty and staff. This includes video interviews with local and national media outlets, as well as written stories detailing DGH's research and innovation in fighting COVID-19.
Now is the time for a national public health reserve (April 8, The Hill) - co-authored by Alison Drake
UW Obstetrician to Study COVID-19 Impacts on Pregnancy (UW Medicine - Quotes Kristina Adams Waldorf)
While pregnant women are included in those thought to be at high risk for COVID-19, not much is actually known yet about the virus' potential impacts on pregnancy.
But a University of Washington obstetrician and professor hopes to change that, shifting her lab's research into the new virus.