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Top Huddle Stories of 2020

Even though 2020 seemed like the never-ending year, we are transitioning into 2021 with some hope thanks to the distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccine.

As we reflect on 2020, we wanted to share the most viewed stories on The Huddle. The top 12 highlight UW Medicine employees, the work they are doing to care for our community and resources that helped get us through or encouraged us to learn.

1. How to Prevent Maskne, Those Pesky Pimples Caused by Your Face Mask

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Dermatologist Ata Moshiri, MD, MPH, explains how to deal with this zitty situation.

2. Healthcare Equity and Anti-Racism Resources

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Find mental health resources for the Black community and deepen your understanding of anti-racism with this list curated by the UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity.

3. Public Transportation, Haircuts and Hikes: 3 COVID-19 Experts Share Their Safety Habits

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From transportation to socialization, find out what COVID-19 specialists Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD; Laura Evans, MD; and Ali Mokdad, PhD, do in their personal lives to stay safe.

4. How to Prevent COVID-19 Burnout

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Anne Browning, PhD, founding director of the UW Resilience Lab and assistant dean for well-being at the University of Washington School of Medicine, explains how shifting your perspective and practicing gratitude can help boost resilience.

5. A High-Tech Hospital in the Sky

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Flight nurse Pete Limbacher gives us an inside look at Airlift Northwest’s flight technology.

6. How to Deal with Anti-Asian Racism During the Pandemic

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Paula Houston, EdD, chief equity officer of UW Medicine, explains how UW Medicine is responding to anti-Asian racism, how you can respond and how to be an ally.

7. What Are the Different Types of COVID-19 Tests?

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Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD, interim chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, explains the difference between various COVID-19 tests.

8. Masking, Cleaning and Takeout: 3 COVID-19 Experts Share Their Safety Habits

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From hand hygiene to grocery shopping, find out what COVID-19 specialists Seth Cohen, MD, MSc; John Lynch, MD, MPH; and Allison Zelikoff, RN-BC, do in their personal lives to stay safe.

9. How Airlift Northwest Safely Transports Patients During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Airlift Northwest is a leader in COVID-19 air transport protocols and policies, and from airway management to plane decontamination, chief flight nurse Brenda Nelson, RN, explains how they have been sharing their air transport guidelines to help others.

10. How to Talk to Friends and Family About Safe Holiday Gatherings

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Credit: United Nations COVID-19 Response on Unsplash.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Health’s Safer Gatherings guidelines to help everyone stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 during any of your gatherings — holiday themed or not.

11. This Year’s Flu Season: What You Need to Know

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John Lynch, MD, MPH, medical director of Harborview Medical Center’s infection control and prevention and employee health programs, explains why getting the flu vaccine is so important and what you need to know about COVID-19 and flu symptoms.

12. Estell Williams: Mentoring the Next Generation of Black Doctors

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Estell Williams, MD, teaching high school students at Doctor for a Day, an outreach event at Harborview Medical Center’s WISH simulation center. (Photo taken before COVID-19.)

Estell Williams, MD, strives to be an example for the next generation of Black doctors and is helping forge a path for others through her outreach efforts.

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