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What if 'nothing ever goes back to normal'? Depression, anxiety mount in Bay Area

What if 'nothing ever goes back to normal'? Depression, anxiety mount in Bay Area

Though she has battled depression since high school, the past few years have been happy ones for 28-year old Kendall Anne Warnock.But when the pandemic hit, Warnock lost her job at a downtown San Francisco restaurant, then her apartment. Her unemployment check never arrived. And her depression returned with a vengeance.“I feel like I’m a failure. All these people are fine, and I’m not,” Warnock said. “What’s wrong with me?”Warnock is not alone. Countless others in the Bay Area are battling anxiety, depression and even thoughts of suicide brought on by the region’s pandemic-induced economic...

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Car sales surge as Bay Area shifts away from transit

Car sales surge as Bay Area shifts away from transit

Jeanmarie Gonzalez used to rely on AC Transit and Muni for her daily commute from Oakland to San Francisco. She cares about the environment and accepted a longer commute to reduce her carbon footprint.But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the calculus changed.So, Gonzalez bought a used Honda Civic.“I’d rather drive than be on public transit multiple hours a day,” said Gonzalez, an immunology researcher who still goes into work at her lab.Gonzalez is far from alone. The pandemic has made many Bay Area residents, who might normally prioritize the environment, avoid transit and ride-hailing...

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For Bay Area plant shops, business blooms amid pandemic

For Bay Area plant shops, business blooms amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has bankrupted innumerable companies, but it has also created a patchwork of winners. Food delivery services. Clorox. Makers of home gym equipment.And plant shops.Stuck in their homes, Bay Area residents have sought light and life wherever they could, and houseplants have become a hot item. The explosion in demand has cleared shelves across the region, leaving many shops scrambling to restock.“I’m up over several thousand dollars where I should be right now,” said Lydia Patubo, manager of the Flowercraft Garden Center in San Francisco. “These last few months, I’m...

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United Airlines, big SFO employer, may lay off 36,000 workers

United Airlines, big SFO employer, may lay off 36,000 workers

United Airlines could furlough 36,000 employees — up to 40% of its workforce — in October, the company announced in a memo to employees Wednesday.The company may furlough more than 15,000 flight attendants, 11,000 airport operations workers, 5,000 pilots and thousands of others in a range of departments from catering and technical operations to customer service.The Chicago airline employed about 13,400 workers in the San Francisco area before the pandemic began — about 14% of the airline’s workforce. United Airlines is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, operating...

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