Coronavirus: Our Experts in the News

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. 

Also see UW School of Public Health's web pages on Coronavirus Response, Resources and News

UW Researchers Study Effects of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Populations in Africa (Study led by Judd Walson)

As the global COVID-19 pandemic spreads, there are increasing numbers of cases in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings, including in many African countries. A new $1.38 million UW research project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will monitor the spread of COVID-19 in sites in Africa in order to increase understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable children and adults, healthcare workers and researchers in low-resource settings. 

UW to Lead National Study of Drug Promoted by President Trump to Fight Coronavirus (Seattle Times, Includes Ruanne Barnabas)

Researchers at the University of Washington on Friday announced a major new study of the malaria drug President Donald Trump has praised as a possible, low-cost cure for COVID-19.

The clinical trial is one of dozens around the world aimed at providing definitive evidence about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, either alone or in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin, against the novel coronavirus.

Why There Isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All Plan for States to Reopen Their Economies (The Conversation, Q&A with Hilary Godwin)

In this Q&A, Hilary Godwin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, explains why it makes sense for groups of states, such as Washington, Oregon and California, to coordinate their plans.

Governors are walking a tightrope as they try to figure out how to safely ease off social distancing restrictions and restart their economies without triggering a new surge in coronavirus cases.

Virtual Match Day: Medical Students Begin Health Careers During a Pandemic

For graduating medical students, Match Day is the event that determines where they will spend the next years of their lives. On this day each year, students across the country learn where they will complete their residencies before obtaining medical licenses. Typically, this process happens in-person, with the graduating students able to celebrate the occasion with their loved ones. However, due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Match Day took place virtually.

Africa Needs Afrocentric Solutions to Beat COVID-19 (Seattle Times - Written by Kingsley Ndoh)

While the U.S. and Europe battle to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, I can’t help but think about how Africa will cope when it becomes the next epicenter. Based on the three-month-old data that we have about the virus and its spread, guidelines on prevention, containment and mitigation have been set by the World Health Organization (WHO). So far, several African governments have adopted the U.S. and European approach that is centered on lockdowns, social distancing and frequent hand washing with soap and water.

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