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COVID-19 experts for reporters

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Younger Americans creating surge in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases have been spiking since mid-June, particularly among younger Americans in the South and West. The big worry is that they will pass the virus onto older, more vulnerable people. Anirban Basu, professor of health economics at the UW, is quoted.

Source: BuzzFeed

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How our sewage could warn us of future outbreaks of COVID-19

For millennia, sewer systems have carried off waste and disease. More recently, they’ve drawn coronavirus-searching scientists in their wake. Scott Meschke, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.

Source: The Seattle Times

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A divide among airlines

American Airlines will begin filling its planes to capacity again today, joining United Airlines, which was already doing so. The other two largest U.S. carriers — Delta and Southwest — have committed to keeping some seats empty through September. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted. [This is the second story mentioned as part of news updates for July 1.]

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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