COVID-19

In critical care, the first step in improving patient outcomes is identifying what drives mortality. Often these drivers are a complex mix of individual patient factors and systems factors, both of which may vary across hospitals, regions and countries. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging data has shown...
Alan Bridges, MD, professor and interim division chief, Rheumatology, senior vice chair, Department of Medicine, and chief of staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, has won the prestigious Veterans Health Administration (VHA) John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care. This award recognizes sustained executive...
Last spring, when researchers began pivoting their studies to COVID-19 research, Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD, associate professor, Rheumatology, saw the need for a biological repository of blood samples from individuals who have recovered from the virus. Dr. Shelef started sending emails to see if anyone at UW–Madison was banking plasma...
By tracking COVID-19 virus mutation, a study published in Nature Communications that includes co-authors Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, and Caitlin Pepperell, MD, FRCPC, shows the success that stay-at-home orders had in preventing the spread of the virus. According to an analysis of the genome sequences of virus samples collected from...
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in regions across the United States in the spring, governors, mayors and local leaders hoping to quell the spread of the virus turned to the only actionable defenses available at the time: They closed schools and businesses, banned mass gatherings, issued stay-at-home orders and...
A new prevention research study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is looking at whether a commonly used oral and nasal antiseptic (in addition to personal protective equipment and hand hygiene) can help prevent COVID-19 infections in frontline healthcare workers. Povidone iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate...
Research by Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, that shares measures of socioeconomic disadvantage at the neighborhood level is now influencing policy on fair allocation of medications to treat patients with COVID-19. The Neighborhood Atlas, developed by Dr. Kind’s team and launched in 2018, shares metrics from...
Study objectives: The authors aimed to estimate the false-negative rate of the SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR by days since infection. Methods and Results: Data from seven previously published studies on reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) performance by time since symptom onset were included in a pooled analysis. The studies included a...
Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, associate professor, Infectious Disease (pictured at right), and collaborators have received a UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) 2020 COVID-19 Response Grant Award. This award was one of three new awards extending the 22 awards previously announced by the Wisconsin Partnership Program to address...
When Mariah Quinn, MD, MPH, assistant professor (CHS), General Internal Medicine, assumed the role of Director of Medicine Provider Well-being in 2019, burnout, engagement and work-life-balance were issues being examined at systems and work-environment levels. More recently, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted healthcare services and the ways in which we...