Since its emergence in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has spread rapidly around the world, including the U.S.
The global scientific community has reacted to this new viral threat with unprecedented speed and cooperation. Key insights for saving lives are coming out of rapid genome sequencing, open data sharing and transparent scientific communications.
Grounded in experience with global health threats ranging from AIDS to Zika, our researchers are an important part of an international scientific response to the pandemic — tracking the virus' spread, developing diagnostic tests, designing vaccine trials, and working to prevent future outbreaks.
Fred Hutch scientists are sharing their expertise and insights about COVID-19 and related issues by talking to media from the around the world as they cover this pandemic. Along with coverage in The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times and GeekWire, there are additional highlights below as well as a comprehensive list of news stories about Hutch activities surrounding the coronavirus crisis is available on our media coverage page and reporters should contact our media team if they have questions.
Dr. Trevor Bedford is a computational biologist who uses gene differences between coronavirus samples to trace its global spread.Learn More
Dr. Jesse Bloom and his lab are working on potential serological tests to understand who has had COVID-19.Learn More
Dr. Betz Halloran is working with the World Health Organization on the design of future large-scale trials of coronavirus vaccines.Learn More
Dr. Keith Jerome and UW colleagues have developed a diagnostic test for the virus, expanding local testing capacity.Learn More
The COVID-19 outbreak has become an important test case for the risks and benefits of open science — a movement long-simmering within the global research community. By calling for rapid, free and public posting of scientific findings, it amounts to a rebellion against the old ways of conducting and reporting research.