Pandemic Updates: East Bay Counties Rack Up Hundreds Of New Cases
Cases continue to surge in Alameda and Contra Costa counties; the CDC is cowing to President Trump's anger over guidelines around the reopening of schools; and a new study out of the UK points to serious, lasting brain disorders in recovered COVID-19 patients.
UCSF Researchers Discover How Coronavirus Makes 'Zombies' Of Human Cells, Causes Them To Sprout Tentacles
A new study by an international team led by UC San Francisco finds that cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 quickly begin to grow new arms or dendrites — referred to clinically as filopodia — which are themselves studded with fresh virus particles.
San Francisco Will Open Outdoor Bars, Hair Salons, Tattoo Parlors on June 29
As presaged by that Board of Supervisors vote last week, and thanks to relatively low and stable COVID case growth and hospitalization rates, SF is moving ahead with some earlier-than-previously-announced opening dates for businesses.
Contra Costa, Santa Clara County Health Officers Get Threats From Anti-Lockdown Lunatics
Someone, or a group of someones, recently went to the home of Contra Costa County Public Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano and wrote on the sidewalk outside, "My body my choice" and, "Tyranny is not the answer."
Inexpensive Steroid Is First Drug Proven to Reduce COVID Mortality Rates
In the race to find effective treatments for COVID-19, a team at the University of Oxford has found that a low-cost — or as one BBC commentator put it "cheap-as-chips" — steroid called dexamethasone has proven to reduce deaths by a third among patients on ventilators.
Pandemic Updates: Newsom Touts Low Statewide 'Percent-Positive' Figure
Today in COVID-19 news around the Bay Area and the state, San Francisco recorded two new deaths over the weekend, the daily rate of new cases across the region has remained steady for a month, and Governor Newsom warns of upticks as the economy reopens.
California's Surge in COVID-19 Cases Linked to Increased Testing, CHHS Secretary Says
As we slowly transition back to a point of pre-coronavirus normalcy, counties across the state are seeing swells in COVID-19 cases. However, a California Health and Human Services (CHHS) official claims these spikes are because of increased testing — and not due to businesses reopening.