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PUBLIC HEALTH & GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDATIONS


March 24: Critical Exemptions for Life Science Organizations Included in Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Policy

 

March 23: Gov. Inslee announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order

 

March 15: Gov. Inslee statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars, and limits size of gatherings to 50


March 13: Gov. Inslee bans gatherings, events of more than 250 amid Coronavirus outbreak




WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCIENCE? HELP IS ON THE WAY!

 

  • The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security hosted a coronavirus and pandemic disease preparedness panel on February 19, 2020. The panel was comprised of 14 experts, ranging from WA State health officials for UW researchers. Watch the entire Coronavirus and Pandemic Disease Preparedness forum on YouTube.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is preparing to fund at-home testing kits for COVID-19.
  • The University of Washington Medical Center NW is piloting a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for its employees.
  • Nextstrain is an open-source project to harness scientific and public health potential of pathogen genome data. This is a continually updated view of publicly available data. "This website aims to provide a real-time snapshot of evolving pathogen populations and to provide interactive data visualizations to virologists, epidemiologists, public health officials and citizen scientists. Through interactive data visualizations, we aim to allow exploration of continually up-to-date datasets, providing a novel surveillance tool to the scientific and public health communities."


WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW


  • Donate Personal Protective Equipment: The State of Washington is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products.
  • Donate: Blood Supply Hits Emergency Level Due to Coronavirus Concerns. The increase in COVID-19 cases in Seattle and surrounding counties has led to a shortage in blood products due to a decline in donations. Make an appointment to donate blood.
  • Avoid: Touching Your Face. The easiest way to prevent coronavirus is so hard!
  • Sing & Wash: CDC's Handwashing website. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees has a chorus that is 24 seconds long. It is also the recommended cadence for performing chest compressions in CPR. One song, two vital uses!
  • Check Your Facts: COVID-19 Expert Reality Check. "As the media swarms the coronavirus story, most news articles focus on numbers of cases and deaths, new locations of cases, etc. Lost in the shuffle are the important public health insights about how viruses work and humans respond. To help improve understanding of an emerging outbreak's complex dynamics, GHN has reached out to some of the world's most respected global health experts for their quick "reality checks" on key issues related to the outbreak."

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