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California Is ‘Pulling the Emergency Brake’ on Reopening

New York Times |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the New York Times agreeing with California’s reinstatement of broader restrictions, particularly with Thanksgiving coming up. 


You've decided to have a Thanksgiving feast despite Covid-19. Here's how to make it safer.

SF Gate |

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the SF Gate about different Thanksgiving scenarios and how to lessen risk and exposure to Covid-19.  


Here's how California's Covid-19 risk level compares to other states

SF Gate |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the SF Gate comparing California’s Covid-19 risk levels to other states in the Midwest. 


Moderna and Pfizer vaccines show ‘thrilling’ results. But when will they come to the Bay Area?

San Francisco Chronicle |

Monica Gandhi and Bob Wachter were quoted in the SF Chronicle describing their optimism for vaccine distribution and the possibility of our society returning to some degree of normalcy by late 2021. 


Moderna's candidate Covid-19 vaccine looks to protect 94.5% of those who get it, trial shows

USA Today |

Monica Gandhi and Bob Wachter were quoted in a USA Today article about their excitement from the promising results of Covid-19 vaccine trials. 


Is It Safe To Get Together With Loved Ones This Thanksgiving? We Asked 7 Experts.

Buzzfeed News |

Bob Wachter was quoted in a Buzzfeed News article answering questions about his plans for the holidays during the pandemic. 


Why Covid-19 is surging in California and the Bay Area

SF Gate |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the SF Gate explaining how California should be able to manage its recent coronavirus surge without having to resort to a complete shutdown. 


I traveled across the U.S. during the pandemic. Experts weigh in on what I did right and wrong

San Francisco Chronicle |

Monica GandhiPeter Chin-Hong, and Bob Wachter were quoted in the SF Chronicle about journalist Sarah Feldberg’s travels during the pandemic, weighing in on everything she did right and wrong. 


CDC wants you to wear a mask. That's to protect you and others - and to avoid new lockdowns.

SF Gate |

Monica Gandhi and George Rutherford were quoted in the SF Gate about the CDC’s study on how masks can reduce the wearers’ exposure to infectious droplets, citing the findings will encourage more people to wear mask to protect themselves.


California’s Coronavirus Caseload: 1 Million and Counting

New York Times |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the New York Times highlighting San Francisco’s Covid response and low death rates despite how California recorded its millionth known case on Thursday. 


Wear Masks To Protect Yourself From The Coronavirus, Not Only Others, CDC Stresses

NPR |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in an NPR article about the importance of masking and how wearing a mask can reduce the risk of infection. 


San Francisco pauses indoor dining and school reopenings. Contra Costa, Santa Cruz counties slide backward to more restrictive tiers

San Francisco Chronicle |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing her disappointment that San Francisco is pausing plans to reopen high schools after reporting an alarming spike in coronavirus cases. 


Bay Area recommends 2-week quarantine for holiday travelers

SF Gate |

Bob Wachter was quoted in the SF Gate about how the gradual uptick in coronavirus cases throughout the Bay Area and California may be due to colder weather and more gatherings. 


San Francisco has handled the coronavirus pandemic well: But at what cost?

San Francisco Chronicle |

Monica GandhiBob Wachter, and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo were quoted in the SF Chronicle about San Francisco’s singular focus on the coronavirus pandemic and how long-term shutdowns will have public health effects and economic setbacks. 


Pfizer vaccine results are promising, but lack of data ‘very concerning,’ experts say

National Geographic |

Bob Wachter was quoted in a National Geographic article describing the recent Pfizer press release and how the early findings from their phase three trial are promising.  

DOM Covid-19 Publications

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