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Severe COVID-19 Disables Disease-Fighting Immune Circuit 

January 25, 2021
Patients with severe COVID-19 produce antibodies that paradoxically shut down their immune system’s virus-fighting response just when they need it most.

Cancer Drug Shows Potent Activity in the Lab Against SARS-CoV-2, Including New Variants

January 25, 2021
In two preclinical models of COVID-19, plitidepsin showed a 100-fold reduction in viral replication in the lungs and demonstrated an ability to reduce lung inflammation.

COVID-19 Variant First Found in Other Countries and States Now Seen More Frequently in California

January 19, 2021
“It’s too soon to know if this variant will spread more rapidly than others," said Erica Pan, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist for the California Department of Public Health.

Virus Versus Virus: ‘ReScan’ Antibody Test is a Powerful New Tool

January 13, 2021
Scientists at UCSF have developed ReScan, an innovative new serological test that employs a specialized version of the technique known as phage display.

How Worried Should You Be About the New Coronavirus Variant?

January 12, 2021
A mutated version of the novel coronavirus has been making the news for being more contagious. We asked UCSF infectious disease expert Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, how the new variant emerged, whether available vaccines will still work, and what we need to do now.

UCSF Administers Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine to Frontline Staff 

January 08, 2021
UCSF Medical Center has begun administering second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to frontline employees who are at highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 at work. 

Seniors Living Alone with Cognitive Impairment Hit Hard by COVID-19 Pandemic 

January 06, 2021
Researchersare calling for tailored services and support for older adults living alone with memory issues, who are experiencing extreme isolation, and are exposed to misinformation about the virus and barriers to accessing medical care.  

Vaccination Begins at UCSF – A Watershed Moment in COVID-19 Pandemic

December 16, 2020
On a history-making day, UCSF began the first vaccinations of its critical health care workforce, including both clinical and non-clinical staff whose work places them at heightened risk of infection by COVID-19.

Wearable Sensor May Signal You’re Developing COVID-19 – Even If Your Symptoms Are Subtle  

December 14, 2020
The device, which may be a better illness indicator than a thermometer, could lead to earlier isolation and testing, curbing the spread of infectious diseases.

Latinx Low-Income Workers Hardest Hit by SF COVID-19 Surge

December 10, 2020
COVID-19 infections are once again rising at an alarming rate in San Francisco’s Latinx community, predominantly among low-income essential workers, according to results of a massive community-based testing blitz conducted before and after the Thanksgiving holiday.