It’s possible that the downward trajectory has paused because kids returned to school and adults went back to their offices, meaning the virus has more chances to spread, said Beth Carlton, associate professor of environmental and occupational health.
As fall approaches, COVID appears to be on a continuous decline in Colorado, defying trends set in the last two years. “Hospitalizations are down. Wastewater levels are down. Percent positivity (of COVID tests) is down. So as we head into the fall, we are in good shape,” said Dean Jon Samet.
Wastewater surveillance data continues to show that the virus’ prevalence in Colorado is dropping, said Bailey Fosdick, associate professor of biostatistics and informatics. But while the situation is improving, the virus is still relatively widespread.
Colorado first. The hospitalization count for September 20 was 145, down from 159 on September 13. However, test positivity is trending up, reaching 5.63%. Not to contradict President Biden, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.
Colorado’s air quality problems were in the news last week, as the Environmental Protection Agency shifted the status of the Denver Metro/Northern Front Range ozone non-attainment region to severe, raising questions about what should be done to grapple with rising ozone pollution.
President Biden answered the question of whether the pandemic is over with a clear ‘yes,’ but this is not a black and white issue, said Lisa Miller, adjunct professor of epidemiology. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you call the current situation – COVID-19 still poses a significant, ongoing risk to the world, she reflects.
Linda Villarosa, who recently published book “Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation” spoke at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, an event co-hosted by ColoradoSPH, discussing issues surrounding racial equity and social justice.
New research, led by Fuyong Xing, assistant professor of biostatistics & informatics, found that a new imaging information system may ultimately provide a faster, more accurate prognosis for certain cancers.
A new paper in led by faculty in environmental health explores the importance of using advanced genomic sequencing as a powerful tool to control schistosomiasis, the world’s second-leading parasitic disease.
ColoradoSPH alumni Kristina Brandveen & Hue Phung are among a dozen national public health alumni selected from six participating schools to receive competitive fellowships from the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Kaiser Permanente (KP).
ColoradoSPH at UNC alum Rudy Vargas is UNC’s newly named director of the César Chávez Cultural Center. Rudy shares the goal that drives him, the UNC experience that shaped him, the people who helped him along the way and his vision for the Center.