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UW researchers respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 experts for reporters

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Stock your medicine cabinet for the pandemic

Your medicine cabinet is your first go-to in times of illness, and sometimes it gets a little bare. But we’re in the midst of a global health crisis. And whether you get COVID-19 or not, it’s important to be prepared. Dr. J. Randall Curtis, professor of medicine in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.

Source: CNN

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Contact tracing – the privacy vs urgency dilemma for governments in the fight against COVID-19

Using an app on your smartphone to track whether you’ve been in close contact with people who have contracted COVID-19 seems – at first glance – like a perfectly plausible way to use new technology to help tackle a global health crisis that has sickened millions and brought the world economy to its knees. There’s just one problem – data privacy. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.

Source: South China Morning Post

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Experts concerned coronavirus cases could rise with Seattle protests

About 10,000 people took to the streets of Seattle on Saturday in protest, causing concern for health experts that the virus could spread with the close proximity. “I think demonstrations against racism are in service of public health,” said Dr. Olivia Kates, an infectious diseases fellow at UW Medicine and student of bioethics.

Source: KING 5

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.

This page is updated every week day. For more information on the coronavirus, visit uw.edu/coronavirus

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