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Can California reach herd immunity before the rest of the country?

SF Gate |

Peter Chin-HongMonica Gandhi, and George Rutherford were quoted in the SF Gate explaining how the Bay Area may reach herd immunity before the rest of California and the U.S. 

Dipali Suryamanshi and Rahul Suryawanshi put a mask on their son

An S.F. scientist working on Covid just lost his mother in India to the virus. He's not alone

San Francisco Chronicle |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the SF Chronicle on how bad the coronavirus is ravaging India.

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Vaccinated and ready to hit the gym? Here’s how to assess the risks. 

Washington Post |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the Washington Post encouraging vaccinated people to resume exercise routines and get back into the gym. 

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A boy with Covid died on a family trip to Hawaii. Should parents be worried?

San Francisco Chronicle |

Peter Chin-Hong was mentioned in the SF Chronicle describing a Covid-19 case, in which the child who died was likely under 5 years old since individuals over the age of 5 are tested upon arrival in Hawaii, per travel protocol.

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The truth about what it's like to fly on a plane right now

SF Gate |

Monica Gandhi and Bob Wachter were quoted in the SF Gate describing the risks of traveling on a plane and advising people to minimize the amount of time with their mask off.

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Vaccinated and ready to hit the gym? Here's how to assess the risks.

SF Gate |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the SF Gate explaining how she felt safe returning to the gym after receiving her vaccine shots but recommends people follow safety protocols until more of the population is vaccinated. 

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CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks outdoors, except in crowded settings

Washington Post |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the Washington Post applauding the CDC’s action that fully vaccinated people can go without masks outdoors when walking, jogging or biking, or dining with friends at outdoor restaurants after arguing that accumulating evidence shows the low risk of outdoor transmission.

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California follows CDC in relaxing outdoors mask guidance for vaccinated people

San Francisco Chronicle |

Babak Javid was quoted in the SF Chronicle agreeing with the new CDC guidance released on Tuesday, saying the guidance is sensible. 

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