Latest Updates

Transit-Based COVID-19 Monitoring Pilot Launched in Mission District

July 28, 2020
In San Francisco’s Mission District, UCSF infectious disease specialists and community partners are launching what is believed to be a first-in-the-nation pilot program to provide low-barrier COVID-19 testing — free, simple, and convenient — at a central transit hub.

Mask-Wearing Reduces Face-Touching Among Health Care Providers

July 14, 2020
Among a group of 40 health care professionals observed by the study authors, those without masks touched their faces nearly four times as often as those who wore masks, indicating that masks not only are an effective barrier to disease transmission, but also may reduce face-touching, at least among...

Researchers, Physicians Caution Against Use of Solitary Confinement to Prevent COVID-19 Spread in Prisons

July 10, 2020
As the COVID-19 spreads through America’s overcrowded jails and prisons, researchers with Amend at UCSF are cautioning against using punitive solitary confinement to medically isolate infected people.

Building Blocks for COVID-19 Antiviral Drugs Identified in Rapid Study

July 09, 2020
Scientists have identified key chemical building blocks for an eventual antiviral drug against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles? An Infectious Disease Expert Rates Travel Safety During Coronavirus

July 02, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic, travel this year will be different from years past.

Physical Activity Dropped Worldwide During COVID-19, Raising Concerns for Health

July 01, 2020
The declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in March resulted in a rapid decrease in step counts worldwide.

COVID-19 Relies on Cell’s ‘Master Regulators’ for Survival

June 29, 2020
UCSF scientists assembled an international research team that has figured out how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, hijacks proteins in host cells that serve as master regulators of key cellular processes.

LGBTQ+ Populations Experience Newfound Anxiety and Depression in COVID-19 Pandemic

June 29, 2020
LGBTQ+ communities have experienced increased anxiety and depression since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who haven’t struggled with these conditions before.

Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus

June 26, 2020
We talked to UCSF epidemiologist George Rutherford, MD, and infectious disease specialist Peter Chin-Hong, MD, about the CDC’s reversal on mask-wearing, the current science on how masks work, and what to consider when choosing a mask.

Newly Diagnosed COVID-19 Patients Needed for Antibiotic Clinical Trial

June 24, 2020
The nationwide clinical trial will assess whether the common antibiotic azithromycin can reduce hospitalization stays and death caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.