Researchers working on COVID-19 test kits at the State Lab of Hygiene (Photo by John Maniaci)

COVID-19 Impact

How UW–Madison is supporting public health and the people of Wisconsin.

“Right now, every person in the state has the power to save lives by choosing to take a stand against COVID-19.”

Robert N. Golden, Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and Joseph E. Kerschner, Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee


If You Missed It COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines, and Variants UW Now Livestream

It’s been just over a year since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin — and we’ve recently learned that the U.S. had its steepest single-year decline in life expectancy since WWII. What have we learned about COVID-19 and its impact on the healthcare system in the past year? As COVID variants surge in areas of the U.S., will vaccines still be effective? What can we expect for the deployment of vaccines in the coming months? When will we be able to safely visit our neighborhood bar or sporting event again?

In this UW Now Livestream, hear from William Hartman, physician, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and principal investigator for the UW COVID-19 convalescent plasma program; Nasia Safdar, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, and medical director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics; and Jonathan Temte, associate dean for public health and community engagement at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

If You Missed It COVID-19: The science of vaccines A webinar from the Morgride Institute for Research

Delve deeper into the science of viruses and vaccines. Experts in virology and vaccine development will share information about how coronaviruses infect, how COVID-19 vaccines—including a new class of mRNA vaccines—protect us, and how scientists were able to make the vaccine possible within a year.

Speakers include James H. Conway, M.D., FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director of UW Health Immunization Program and Associate Director of UW-Madison Global Health Institute; Johan den Boon, Ph.D., Virologist with the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Center for Research in Virology at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the UW-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology; William R. Hartman, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Faculty and Principal Investigator for several COVID-19 related trials.