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COVID-19 experts for reporters

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White House advisor calls COVID death projections ‘ridiculous’ and ‘absurd’

Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, explains the latest projections from the institute in response to criticisms from the White House.

Source: CNN

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What will happen to Seattle’s empty office towers when COVID-19 ends?

As many white-collar employers extend into next year the work-from-home policies they instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a vast amount of vertical space in downtown Seattle is leased but empty. It’s not clear when workers might begin trickling back into that space or what could become of it in the meantime. Jeff Shulman, professor of finance at the UW, is quoted.

Source: The Seattle Times

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The plan if wildfire smoke descends on Seattle during a pandemic? There is none

As smoke blankets northern California and parts of Oregon and Idaho, firefighters also battle flames all over Washington. Plumes of smoke similar to what has been seen in past years hasn’t descended on Seattle, but if it does, researchers fear worse health effects than in normal years — because of the pandemic. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Source: KUOW

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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