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When states mandate masks, fewer people catch COVID-19

The governors of Iowa and North Dakota recently announced mandates that require people to wear masks in public. Both leaders previously resisted mask rules but issued them in the past week as daily COVID-19 cases spiked in their states, overrunning hospitals and intensive care units. Christopher Adolph, associate professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.

Source: Popular Science

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Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon. Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. Deborah Fuller, professor of microbiology in the UW School of Medicine, is referenced.

Source: Associated Press

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Early coronavirus mutation made it harder to stop, evidence suggests

Scientists were initially skeptical that a mutation made the coronavirus more contagious. But new research has changed many of their minds. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.

Source: The New York Times

Here are the most recent stories of UW experts commenting on the novel coronavirus epidemic

In addition to UW researchers from a variety of disciplines offering their expertise to journalists covering the novel coronavirus, UW Medicine researchers are leading the way in the detection and prevention of COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. In fact, our researchers have sequenced COVID-19’s genome, identified the architecture and mechanisms of COVID-19, created a new laboratory test to expedite diagnostics and are crowd-sourcing a cure, among other efforts.

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