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Monica Gandhi

Pandemic Exit Interviews: Stop panicking about the Covid-19 variants, says UCSF's Monica Gandhi

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Monica Gandhi was interviewed in the SF Gate reflecting on the past year of the pandemic and recommending a harm reduction approach when creating public policy for Covid-19. 

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California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: 'The devil is already here'

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Charles Chiu was quoted in the SF Gate about new variants and the need to drive down infections with public health measures and rapid vaccinations. 

patrons eating at a parklet

When will crowded SF bars and restaurants return, now that we have a vaccine? Two experts weigh in.

SF Gate |

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the SF Gate sharing his thought on what needs to happen with Covid-19 and vaccinations before SF bars and restaurants can return to normalcy with indoor gatherings. 

woman taking a Covid-19 test

Will there be a 4th wave of Covid-19 before we get enough people vaccinated?

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Monica Gandhi was quoted in the SF Gate about her doubts of a fourth wave of Covid-19 hitting California if the state continues its pace with vaccine roll out. 

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Pandemic Exit Interviews: Only one thing shocked UCSF's Bob Wachter about the pandemic

SF Gate |

Bob Wachter was interviewed in the SF Gate reflecting on the past year of the pandemic and when things might feel closer to normal.

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Why California is struggling to ramp up genomic sequencing of the coronavirus

San Francisco Chronicle |

Charles Chiu was quoted in the SF Chronicle regarding California’s attempt in ramping up rapid genomic sequencing to get a better understanding of where and how new variants are spreading. 

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Californians urged to celebrate Valentine's Day virtually

SF Gate |

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the SF Gate describing how overly specific guidelines may cause more confusion for the public, and that the core messaging should be about masks, ventilation, and social distancing.

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S.F. program that pays low-income workers to quarantine has been a success. But it keeps running out of money.

San Francisco Chronicle |

Carina Marquez was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing the importance of the Right to Recover Fund program and the need to provide the means for low-income workers who are directed to self-quarantine. 

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