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.

Senior Community Protected in 'Outbreak that Didn’t Happen' (Study led by Alison Roxby)

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.

Now is the Time for a National Public Health Reserve (The Hill - Co-Authored by Alison Drake)

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. 

First Vaccine Trial for SARS-CoV-2 (includes Rhea Coler)

The Coler Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute is using their expertise to support the clinical trial of an experimental coronavirus vaccine funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The trial is being conducted at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, part of NIAID’s Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium.

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.

Does Antimalarial Drug Prevent COVID-19? New DGH Study Seeks Answers (Ruanne Barnabas, ICRC)

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.

Match Day Goes Virtual (UW Medicine - Quotes August Longino)

The COVID-19 crisis has brought a whirlwind of changes that have impacted everyone in our community — including this year’s graduating class of medical students at UW School of Medicine. 

In the last few weeks, the students were pulled from their clinical rotations early.

Then, the difficult and unprecedented decision was made to hold the School’s Match Day ceremony online.

US Hospitals Could Be Overwhelmed in the Second Week of April (IHME)

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. 

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