Category

Infectious Diseases

Researchers

  • Helen Chu

  • Trevor Bedford

  • Lea Starita

  • Jay Shendure

  • Christina Lockwood

  • Janet Englund

  • Michael Boeckh

  • Alpana Waghmare

  • Cécile Viboud

  • Barry Lutz

Date

8/1/2022-Present

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Seattle Flu Alliance

Transforming how respiratory infectious diseases are detected, monitored, and controlled.

The mission of the Seattle Flu Alliance is to understand how respiratory viruses spread and evolve, sharing that knowledge to prevent illness and death. Studying these viruses helps researchers and public health organizations make decisions that protect the public’s health, like developing new vaccines or promoting social distancing. When we understand how viruses are transmitted, we can catch them earlier and slow their spread across the Seattle area. We envision our research contributing to healthier communities that are protected from the threat of new and evolving respiratory diseases.

The Seattle Flu Alliance is made up of leading researchers from The Brotman Baty Institute, UW Medicine, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle Children’s, and the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health.

The Seattle Flu Alliance was created following the work the Seattle Flu Study. Learn more here.

Launched in 2022, the Seattle Flu Alliance reflects a new expansion of researchers and initiatives related to respiratory pathogens.

The Seattle Flu Alliance builds on the insights of the Seattle Flu Study and SCAN to continue research and find solutions to address respiratory viruses that pose a threat to public health. The aims of the Seattle Flu Alliance are to research and understand the times of year that certain respiratory illnesses tend to spread and become a problem; and the risk factors, demographics (such as age, race, and income), and individual actions that influence the spread of these illnesses.


Data:

Pathogen prevalence

The panels below show the percent of specimens with a detected respiratory pathogen, aggregated by week across Seattle Flu Study collection strategies. These results include both community and clinical samples, some of which are a part of contact testing. Proportions are not fully representative of what is happening across King County.

Hover over the top panel's areas to highlight individual pathogens and see precise percentages, fractions, and week number.

Click a pathogen name in the legend to select and toggle display of just that pathogen. More than one pathogen may be selected.

Hold shift and scroll the mouse wheel within either panel to zoom the time period displayed. Click and drag to shift the displayed time period earlier or later. Double click to reset the period to the full time range.

Data for the chart is updated daily and available at https://data.seattleflu.org/prevalence.csv. Data was last updated Thu Aug 05 2021 04:00:45 GMT-0700 (PDT). Complete code for the chart is available as an Observable notebook.

Specimens

The panels below show the volume of specimens tested for the respiratory pathogens above, aggregated by week across Seattle Flu Study collection strategies.

Hover over the areas in either panel to highlight individual collection channels and see precise counts, percentages, and week number.

Hold shift and scroll the mouse wheel within either panel to zoom the time period displayed. Click and drag to shift the displayed time period earlier or later. Double click to reset the period to the full time range.

Data for the chart is updated daily and available at https://data.seattleflu.org/specimens.csv. Data was last updated Thu Aug 05 2021 04:01:20 GMT-0700 (PDT). Complete code for the chart is available as an Observable notebook.

The metrics presented above show respiratory pathogens circulating in the Seattle metro area since 2018, as detected by the Seattle Flu Study and originally published at https://seattleflu.org/pathogens.