Determining the role of health care settings in a pandemic
“When infections hit the health care system, and especially emerging infectious diseases, that tends to be when things start to go really badly,” said Eric Lofgren, assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.
WSU Insider

Tomorrow’s Scientists: Matthew Mietchen
Doctoral candidate Matthew Mietchen is hopeful his research at Washington State University will help to create a better understanding of how and why infections move through populations — and save lives.

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What you can do post-vaccine, and when
Particularly in the early months of vaccination, many activities should wait, experts say — and plan to keep your masks.
New York Times

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In‑person college sports can create campus COVID‑19 spikes
Even conservative epidemiological modeling from Washington State University shows an increase in COVID‑19 cases is likely in small college towns from sporting events with fans in the stands.
WSU News

After 6 months and little progress controlling the pandemic, return to normal remains out of sight
It’s been nearly half a year since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in the United States...
Spokesman Review

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A WSU epidemiologist on COVID’s surprises, the social distance ‘dial’ and sanity-saving pups
Eric Lofgren admits that epidemiology is a curious profession.

Eric Lofgren
Researchers use math, computers to model spread of COVID-19
Computational epidemiology examines pets, hospitals, border cities.
Daily Evergreen

Jails Are Coronavirus Hotbeds. How Many People Should Be Released To Slow The Spread?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologists warned that jails and prisons would be breeding grounds for infectious disease...

This WSU epidemiologist may inform policy on preventing COVID-19 from spreading within hospitals
As soon as COVID-19 arrived in Washington back in January, infectious disease epidemiologist Eric Lofgren devoted the entire focus of his lab to studying the virus.
The Inlander

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Hundreds of WA Health Care Workers Sickened by Coronavirus
Hundreds of health care workers and dozens of first responders in Washington state have become sick with the coronavirus while on the job.
US News/AP

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Virus outbreaks in jails don’t stay within walls, WSU study finds
Coronavirus spread in lockups worsens infection rates inside, outside facilities, according to research
The Lewiston Tribune

Coronavirus could claim 100,000 more lives than expected if jail populations are not reduced
The coronavirus pandemic could claim the lives of as many as 100,000 more people in the U.S. than current projections estimate if jail populations are not "dramatically and immediately reduced."

Jails that don’t change operations due to COVID-19 put all at risk, WSU study finds
WSU researcher has developed a new analytical model to better define the risks COVID-19 poses to incarcerated populations as well as the staff and community who support them.
WSU News