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‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe

Washington Post |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the Washington Post about his concerns on the Delta variant and its increased risk of transmission.

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How are Bay Area doctors keeping their unvaccinated children safe from the delta variant? We asked them

San Francisco Chronicle |

Sarah Doernberg was quoted in the SF Chronicle about the spread of the delta variant, describing how she is keeping her kids safe by wearing masks indoors in all public spaces and avoiding situations that are at higher risk.

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Why should vaccinated people wear masks? UCSF expert gives his take.

SF Gate |

Bob Wachter was quoted in SF Gate about the delta variant and why vaccinated people should consider continuing to mask up indoors.

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COVID-19 long haulers

Nature |

Timothy Henrich was quoted in Nature about the difficulties in finding treatments for long-COVID patients.

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Hopeful News on Delta

New York Times |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the New York Times about the Delta variant and how an increase in caseloads can lead to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.

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Yes, the delta variant is taking over. But the vaccines still work.

Washington Post |

Monica Gandhi wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post describing how the delta variant is spreading among unvaccinated communities and encouraging all eligible people to get vaccinated.

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How to know if the delta variant might return COVID restrictions to the Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle |

Peter Chin-Hong, Monica Gandhi, and Warner Greene were quoted in the SF Chronicle about the delta variant, recommending continual monitoring of key metrics in hospitalizations, ICU admissions and death caused by Covid-19 to determine if further restrictions are needed in the Bay Area.

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Some vaccinated people still fear COVID: Their weakened immune systems may not respond

San Francisco Chronicle |

Brian Schwartz was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing how antibody and T-cell tests assess immunity only at a single point in time, stating that it is unknown if protection wanes more quickly among immunocompromised people who have been vaccinated.

DOM Covid-19 Publications

Stories from COVID-19 Reveal Hospitalized Patients with Limited English Proficiency Have Always Been Uniquely Prone to Social Isolation

Kucirek NK, Thomas NJ, Norman JS, Athavale P, Jaradeh K, Hsiang EY, Malevanchik L. Stories from COVID-19 reveal hospitalized patients with limited english proficiency have always been uniquely prone to social isolation. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Jan 6. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06383-z. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33409888. View in: PubMed


Age, complexity, and crisis - a prescription for progress in pandemic

Aronson L. Age, complexity, and crisis - a prescription for progress in pandemic. N Engl J Med. 2020 Apr 07; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2006115. View in: PubMed


CRISPR–Cas12-based detection of SARS-CoV-2.

Broughton JP, Deng X, Yu G, et al. CRISPR–Cas12-based detection of SARS-CoV-2. Nat Biotechnol. 2020 Apr 16; doi: 10.1038/s41587-020-0513-4. View in: Nat Biotechnology


Telemedicine in the time of coronavirus.

Calton B, Abedini N, Fratkin M. Telemedicine in the time of coronavirus. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Mar 31;  [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.03.019. View in: PubMed


Medical Isolation and Solitary Confinement: Balancing Health and Humanity in US Jails and Prisons During COVID-19

Cloud DH, Ahalt C, Augustine D, et al. Medical isolation and solitary confinement: balancing health and humanity in US jails and prisons during COVID-19. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jul 6; [Online ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05968-y. View in: PubMed


Asymptomatic transmission, the Achilles’ heel of current strategies to control COVID-19.

Gandhi M, Yokoe DS, Havlir DV. Asymptomatic transmission, the Achilles’ heel of current strategies to control COVID-19. N Engl J Med. 2020 Apr 24; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1056/NEJMe2009758. View in: PubMed


A SARS-CoV-2 protein interaction map reveals targets for drug repurposing.

Gordon DE, Jang GM, Bouhaddou M, et al. A SARS-CoV-2 protein interaction map reveals targets for drug repurposing. Nature. 2020 Apr 30; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2286-9. View in: PubMed


COVID-19 Infection: implications for perioperative and critical care physicians.

Greenland JR, Michelow MD, Wang L, London MJ. COVID-19 Infection: implications for perioperative and critical care physicians. Anesthesiology. 2020 March 27; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003303. View in: PubMed


Elevated plasmin(ogen) as a common risk factor for COVID-19 susceptibility.

Ji HL, Zhao R, Matalon S, Matthay MA. Elevated plasmin(ogen) as a common risk factor for COVID-19 susceptibility. Physiol Rev. 2020 March 27; 100(3):1065-1075. View in: PubMed


Clinical and virologic characteristics of the first 12 patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States

Kujawski SA, Wong KK, Collins JP, et al. Clinical and virologic characteristics of the first 12 patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. Nat Med. 2020 Apr 23; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-0877-5. View in: PubMed


Scientific and ethical basis for social-distancing interventions against COVID-19.

Lewnard JA, Lo NC. Scientific and ethical basis for social-distancing interventions against COVID-19. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 23; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30190-0. View in: PubMed


Treatment for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome from COVID-19.

Matthay MA, Aldrich JM, Gotts JE. Treatment for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome from COVID-19. Lancet Respir Med. 2020 March 20; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30127-2. View in: PubMed


A call to protect patients, correctional staff and healthcare professionals in jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic

Oladeru OT, Tran NT, Al-Rousan T, et al. A call to protect patients, correctional staff and healthcare professionals in jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Justice. 2020 July 2; 8(1):17. View in: PubMed


COVID-19 related genes in sputum cells in asthma: relationship to demographic features and corticosteroids.

Peters MC, Sajuthi S, Deford P, et al. COVID-19 related genes in sputum cells in asthma: relationship to demographic features and corticosteroids. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Apr 29; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202003-0821OC. View in: PubMed


Correctional facilities in the shadow of COVID-19: unique challenges and proposed solutions.

Williams BA, Ahalt C, Cloud DH, et al. Correctional facilities in the shadow of COVID-19: unique challenges and proposed solutions. Health Affairs Blog. 2020 March 26; doi: 10.1377/hblog20200324.784502. View in: Health Affairs