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An undergraduate project spurred Wenbo Zhang to pursue biostatistics and become a member of the first MS Capstone cohort.

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Study: Travel bans good for delaying coronavirus, but not stopping it

March 28, 2020
A recently-released study found that while travel bans have been useful in slowing the spread of coronavirus, social distancing measures have been far more effective in controlling the epidemic. “Delaying is good because it slows things down,” said the study’s co-author Elizabeth Halloran, a UW professor of biostatistics. “But this idea of reducing the transmissibility is really key.”
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How the Virus Got Out

The New York Times
March 26, 2020
This interactive graphic was created using the data and expertise of Professor of Biostatistics Betz Halloran and others. It analyzed the movements of hundreds of millions of people to show why the most extensive travel restrictions to stop an outbreak in human history haven’t been enough.
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When will the coronavirus pandemic end? What scientists can say about life returning to normal

The Boston Globe
March 21, 2020
Elizabeth Halloran, UW professor of biostatistics and a senior researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said it’s crucial that the US boost its testing capacity even for people with mild or no symptoms. Studies show that undetected cases drive the growth in epidemics as people who don’t feel severely ill often continue to go about life, infecting those they interact with.
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