When COVID-19 landed in Washington state, researchers at the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) in Bellevue quickly switched their focus from tuberculosis and malaria to track and forecast the coronavirus pathogen that was threatening their own country.

Mike Fumulare is the group’s lead coronavirus modeler and finds his work days longer than ever, even though he’s working from the couch in his living room. State and local leaders are relying on the graphs and predictions produced by IDM and other research organizations to make difficult policy decisions and recommendations intended to slow the virus’ spread.

Dr. Fumulare was scheduled to be the featured speaker for an IBEST/IMCI seminar this semester. However, due to his inordinate work schedule and the current social distancing recommendations, his visit has been postponed until fall. We look forward to it. In the meantime, check out this article in The Seattle Times.