SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Once again there are buskers singing in Washington Square park, groceries being loaded into cars for weekend cookouts and mask-free faces on the streets of San Francisco. Medical experts say Memorial Day 2021 is vastly safer than last year. “Our cases are so low and we’ve gotten such great news lately,” UCSF epidemiologist Monica Gandhi said.
For the first time since March 2020, San Francisco General Hospital has reported zero COVID-19 patients. The development Thursday marked a major pandemic progress point for San Francisco and one of its biggest and best known hospitals.Officials said COVID-19 vaccinations were largely to thank. “This is a huge milestone in the pandemic to show the power of the effectiveness of the vaccines,” said Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF and medical director of the HIV Clinic at the hospital.
After the CDC announced Thursday that individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or practice physical distancing in most settings, UCSF's Dr. Monica Gandhi — a leading COVID-19 expert — called on officials in California and San Francisco to ease mask mandates to align with the new CDC guidance.
SAN JOSE (KPIX — More than a year after the pandemic began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans could bid farewell to their masks in most settings.“This recommendation holds true whether you are inside or outside,” said President Joe Biden.
Monica Gandhi MD, MPH MonicaGandhi9 Ok, was trying to stay off Twitter until Saturday but this question of children masking outdoors (in camps, etc.)keeps coming up.Let's discuss #outdoortransmission.Viral particles disperse quickly in the outside air www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.03.20206110v6.full Important fact check from @DLeonhardt on the possibility of getting covid outside and how CDC guidance treating outdoor spread as a serious risk is NOT consistent with the science.
About 92% of Americans who got the COVID-19 vaccine returned for their second shot. That's good, but experts say the rest should do it now.
About 1 in 12 Americans haven't gotten their second scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine on time, and while that worries epidemiologists, the follow-through is far better than other adult two-dose vaccines.According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 92% of people who got the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine made it back for their second shot.
In India, hospitals have been running out of oxygen and space.A new staggering record was hit over the weekend, 2,600 people died from COVID-19 in 24 hours.In the Bay Area, Campbell resident Vandana Kohli prays her family survives.Nine of them are infected with COVID-19 in India.
Millions of health care workers, volunteers, and lawmakers have been working hard for months to make sure every American who qualifies to get the COVID-19 vaccine can get it in order to reach herd immunity.“With supply increasing, and enthusiasm for vaccination leveling out, we’re going to hit this tipping point where supply is going to exceed demand and it’s going to get harder and harder to persuade people to get vaccinated,” said Larry Levitt, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The so-called BV-1 is related to the B.1.1.7 variant that caused a surge in the United Kingdom, the university said.Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at UCSF, said she's not concerned about this variant yet, as she has not seen the actual peer-reviewed data that it is resistant to antibodies.
© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference after touring the vaccination clinic at City College of San Francisco on April 6, 2021, in San Francisco. "I see zero — not even like 99.9%, I mean zero — chance that public health will not dictate that schools should be open in the fall," said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF. "The vaccines we have are highly effective, and starting this week, everyone who wants a vaccine gets a vaccine. To
With more and more people getting vaccinated, a Bay Area doctor says we may be able to take off our masks as early as the summer.A total of 23 million Californians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.That’s more than half the state, which has some looking for a return to normal without masks.
MENLO PARK (CBS SF) – More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced Facebook employees to work from home, the company is set to reopen its Bay Area offices at limited capacity starting in May.
With grocers like Safeway and others now offering shots in their pharmacies there are thousands of COVID-19 vaccination sites in neighborhoods across the United States and hundreds in the Bay Area.“I think it’s awesome,” said Christina of San Jose.
As the Bay Area continues to make progress with vaccinations and falling COVID-19 infection rates, there are some warning signs in other states public health officials are keeping an eye on.