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COVID-19 Vaccines, Prior Infection Reduce Transmission of Omicron

January 02, 2023
California prisons saw more than 20,000 COVID-19 Omicron cases over a five-month period. However, vaccination and boosting kept hospitalization and death rates low.

Feeling Winded After Your Workout? Long COVID May Claim Another Symptom

October 12, 2022
A new study points to another persistent effect of COVID-19, identified months after infection: reduced exercise capacity.

Omicron’s Evolution and the New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster

October 04, 2022
Last month new “bivalent” booster vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer became available that protect against currently circulating Omicron variants as well as earlier strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This Q&A features Joel Ernst, MD, a UCSF professor of medicine whose...

Ethnicity, Poverty, Low Community Involvement Linked to Lasting Loneliness

August 25, 2022
Most people are at risk for periodic loneliness, but for midlife and older adults who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, or who live in poverty, loneliness may be less likely to resolve over time.

San Francisco, San Mateo Co. Residents Urged to Share Long COVID Stories

August 11, 2022
UCSF, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and San Mateo County Health (SMC Health) are partnering with local community groups to learn about long COVID. Their project, Let’s Figure Out Long COVID – Tell Us Your Story, Bay Area, will call local residents of all ethnicities and...

People in Shelter-in-Place Hotels Used Less Acute Health Services

July 27, 2022
San Francisco’s pandemic policy of offering hotel rooms, meals, and medical services to unhoused populations saw the unintended benefit of dramatically lowering the use of emergency medical services.

Overcrowding, Old Buildings Fueled COVID Surge in California Prisons

July 05, 2022
Overcrowding, antiquated buildings, rapidly changing conditions and the need for complex coordination helped drive a dramatic COVID-19 surge in California’s prisons, according to a new report from UCSF and UC Berkeley.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5: UCSF Explains What You Should Know

June 28, 2022
Parents of children under the age of five-years-old now have the option to vaccinate their infants and young children against COVID-19. Our expert looks at potential vaccine side effects, risks of COVID-19, access and vaccine effectiveness in children.

In Long COVID, Blood Markers Are Linked to Neuropsychiatric Ills

May 24, 2022
In a new study of long COVID, UCSF researchers identified biomarkers present at elevated levels that may persist for many months in the blood of study participants who had long COVID with neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Navigating From the Genome to the Clinic Using ‘Cell Maps’

May 18, 2022
Nevan Krogan, PhD, director of UCSF’s Quantitative Biosciences Institute, examines in detail the effects of a handful of genes that seem to play an outsize role in a wide array of diseases.