When COVID-19 first appeared in Washington state in early 2020, UW Medicine was ready to respond. We were ready because of our dedicated community of supporters, whose generosity over the years has allowed us to attract the best and brightest students, faculty and staff and develop innovative, lifesaving research, clinical programs and partnerships.
Since then, UW Medicine has made many significant contributions to the global understanding of COVID-19, to our local, regional and national public health response and to the development of therapeutics and a vaccine.
But our work isn’t over. Your generous support is needed now more than ever to accelerate an end to the pandemic, protect the health of our community and reopen our economy.
For up-to-date information on coronavirus care, testing and services, visit uwmedicine.org/coronavirus.
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UW Medicine is making vital contributions to the local, regional, national and global public health response to COVID-19. Here are a few areas where your caring support today can save lives and accelerate and end to this pandemic:
Research and Clinical Trials
More than 35 UW Medicine teams are rapidly advancing COVID-19 research in vaccine development, diagnostics, antiviral drugs, antibodies, plasma treatments, immune responses and immunity, prevention of heart and lung complications, protection of pregnant mothers and their babies, and infection control. We are also conducting clinical trials of promising new treatments, including remdesivir and plasma treatment.
Viral and Antibody Testing
UW Medicine quickly set up and scaled clinical COVID-19 tests early in this crisis, and continues working in partnership with the state’s lab to conduct thousands of tests each day. Mobile testing units are helping ensure access to testing in vulnerable communities. Our Virology Lab is also processing 3,000 to 4,000 antibody tests a day, helping determine the level of exposure in our region and generating critical information to help guide policy decisions.
In response to COVID-19, UW Medicine is offering free public access to its 24/7 virtual clinic and its nurse consultation line. UW Medicine also offers a special COVID-19 telehealth consultation service so that physicians and clinicians around the state can consult with our providers as they treat affected patients and implement remote monitoring for quarantined patients.
UW Medicine continues to make its clinical guidelines and protocols available to other hospitals locally and across the country. UW physicians are consulting with other healthcare providers in the area on infection prevention and clinical management and are partnering with the CDC and other public health entities on patient triage and testing in vulnerable communities.
Supporting Healthcare Workers
Health care workers and ancillary staff are facing extraordinary physical and psychological challenges. Ensuring their health and wellbeing is not only essential to caring for our community during this crisis, it’s critical to retaining the healthcare workforce long-term. To help workers cope with anxiety, stress and the uncertainty of the disease, we have launched several wellness and mental health programs, including a peer-to-peer support program and online counseling.
Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN)
UW Medicine is home to the Brotman Baty Institute–based Seattle Flu Study, which is partnering with Public Health-Seattle & King County and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) to monitor the progression of COVID-19 and to help lead local, national, and international response efforts. Seattle/King County residents can register with SCAN to receive a home self-swab test kit and send it back; they can check their results online, and anyone with a positive result will be contacted by a public health worker for next steps.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
UW Medicine is the administrative base for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which is providing valuable modelling projections used for guiding the national COVID-19 response. Their models have been critical tools to help health system administrators prepare for surges and ensure enough critical resources to care for patients.
Your generous support of the UW Medicine Emergency Response Fund will accelerate an end to this pandemic and help save lives. We invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-820-1375 to learn more about how you can get involved.
In addition to cash gifts, we are also collecting words of encouragement and large-scale donations of personal protective equipment for our healthcare teams at AccelerateMed.org/Heroes.