When the pandemic hit in early 2020, the world changed in an instant. As a premier academic medical center, WashU Medicine was called upon not only to cope with the virus, but to help defeat it. In response, we have mustered our resolve, talent and heart to address the biggest public health crisis of our time.

This site presents stories of WashU Medicine’s response to COVID-19.
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A year like no other

Dean David Perlmutter and others recap an extraordinary year.

A year of COVID-19

Science, medicine rose to the occasion in the battle against the novel coronavirus, but the fight to return to normalcy rages on.

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Campus operations shift dramatically

Incident command center.

A crisis unfolds

As the crisis unfolds in early 2020, leaders across the school are called upon to urgently transform the ways we work, teach, learn, care for patients and conduct research.

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Frontline workers face the virus head on

The care team, including (left to right) nurse Kyle Breitenstein, respiratory therapist Melissa Delavara and nurse Hannah Peterson, prepare to move a patient to the prone position.

“It’s why we got into medicine”

From the beginning, our frontline health-care workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic, in one of the hardest-hit hospitals in the region.

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Video Series: On the Front Lines

Mental health

Psychiatrist Jessica Gold, MD, talks about the impact the COVID-19 crisis has been having on mental health.

Critical care

Critical care physician Tiffany Osborn, MD, discusses critical care in the time of COVID-19.

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While the world watches

Journalists across the globe reported on research and innovations at the school.  

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Teachers and learners adapt

First-year medical students pose for a socially distanced class portrait.

Significant Firsts

The newly minted Gateway Curriculum positioned the medical school to not only survive, but thrive, as faculty and students found innovative ways to teach and learn.

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Milestone events go virtual


Starting medical school during a pandemic gave the 2020 entering class a unique educational experience and a new sense of purpose.

Match Day

Students couldn’t celebrate their residency match news together as they normally would, but they shared their personal experiences through video.

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Researchers seek solutions

Postdoctoral researchers Brett Case, PhD, (foreground) and Adam Bailey, MD, PhD, work on the novel coronavirus in a biosafety level-3 lab in the McDonnell Pediatric Research Building.

Laboratories regroup

Medical school labs pivoted immediately to enter the frantic, worldwide effort to end the pandemic.

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Answers emerge

From fundamental studies of viral structure and function to international clinical trials, WashU Medicine researchers combat the virus from multiple angles. Contributions include:

Innovation and inspiration

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Developing therapies:
COVID-19 vaccines and treatments progress

Caring for providers:
Mental health during a pandemic

Confronting disparities:
Racism as a public health issue

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Sharing through social media

Students apply their talents

Shown with face shields they made are medical students (from left) Jesse Hu, Avira Som, Kevin Chen, Sajal Tiwary, Jerry Fong, Cathy Yu, Chase Renfroe and Katie Jordan. (Photo: Caroline Arbanas/School of Medicine)

Mobilizing in a public health crisis

Students reacted quickly to run free clinics, address food insecurity, perform contact tracing, raise racial equity awareness, manufacture PPE and more.

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Video stories of engagement

Supporting vulnerable populations

Medical student Kay Park describes the initiative she co-founded  to address food insecurity and help vulnerable populations.

Addressing racism

At an event organized by medical students, thousands of medical center employees and trainees recognize racism as a public health issue. 

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Vaccines bring hope

Vaccinations begin

Front-line health-care workers began receiving vaccines on Dec. 17, 2020. It was the ray of hope many needed.

Personal losses motivate action

Public safety sergeant Tyrone Simpkins and infectious diseases specialist Hilary Babcock, MD, explain why getting vaccinated held extra meaning for them.