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Will the San Francisco Bay Area see a fourth coronavirus surge?

Will the San Francisco Bay Area see a fourth coronavirus surge?

In so many respects, it’s looking like the worst of the pandemic may be over for the Bay Area.Hospitalizations from COVID-19 and positive test rates have dropped significantly, too. Many counties reporting plummeting case counts are rapidly reopening. San Francisco may , the second-least-restrictive, in just two weeks.At the same time, Bay Area counties are getting deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the vaccination rollout at large continues to improve.But even amid good news, experts still warn: Another surge may still be on the horizon.Dr. John Swartzberg, a UC Berkeley...

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Mar 11
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Key reasons coronavirus cases are plunging across the Bay Area and California

Key reasons coronavirus cases are plunging across the Bay Area and California

{{viewsLeft}} Articles RemainingCancel anytime.Unlimited Digital Access99¢ for 4 weeksBay Area coronavirus cases by dayAs dramatically as coronavirus numbers spiked across the Bay Area, California and U.S. during the winter surge, those numbers have plummeted in the past month.Nationwide, new cases are down more than 70% and hospitalizations down nearly 50% since mid-January. In California — an epicenter of the deadly winter surge — 83% since peaking this year on Jan. 14. Hospitalizations are below 10,000, less than half of what they were at the beginning of the year.In the Bay Area, just...

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'Quicker can be better': San Francisco's new advice for safe sex during the pandemic is a wild read

'Quicker can be better': San Francisco's new advice for safe sex during the pandemic is a wild read

Days before Valentine’s Day, San Francisco’s department of public health put out new guidelines on how to have sex as safely as possible during the pandemic.The advice is specific and graphic — and, it could be argued, very San Francisco.“COVID-19 is spread when we breathe out and is especially spread when a person coughs, sneezes, and even when they sing,” “Increased breathing, like with panting, groaning, moaning or shouting, increases what we exhale, and also is believed to increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.”Other bits of advice — especially important for those getting intimate...

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Tahoe shutdown: Can Bay Area residents travel there?

Tahoe shutdown: Can Bay Area residents travel there?

For more stories like this, check out The Chronicle’s weekly Travel newsletter! .A rise in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in California's Greater Sacramento region triggered a state-issued stay-at-home order that took effect on Dec. 11 for an area that encompasses Lake Tahoe, carrying the message that vacation travel there is off-limits until at least Jan. 1.Though local officials and tourism bureaus are issuing clear guidance to prospective travelers to steer clear of the region, there remains a lot of confusion around , many of whom had booked hotel rooms and Airbnbs before the...

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Coronavirus prompts some residents to leave Bay Area

Coronavirus prompts some residents to leave Bay Area

Piece by piece, Kristin Demoro put the artifacts into the box.Here were the photo negatives, taken by her grandfather a historian who documented the changing skyline in San Francisco and the Bay Area’s transit systems. There were the articles, written by her father, veteran journalist who covered transportation for the Oakland Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her family had been in the Bay Area since the 1800s, by virtue of a Spanish sea captain who brought cocoa beans to San Francisco. For Demoro, living in the Bay Area meant being connected to her lineage, and her father, who died...

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April 26, 2020
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A breath away from death: After weeks on a ventilator SF man walks away from ICU and COVID-19

A breath away from death: After weeks on a ventilator SF man walks away from ICU and COVID-19

It started with a cough. It was just a little one, but Ron Temko tended to cough sometimes, so the family wasn’t worried. By all accounts, everything was normal.His family could never have anticipated that just a few days later, Ron would be admitted into the intensive care unit at UCSF Parnassus, where he would spend 21 days in a medically induced coma, 34 days on a ventilator and 40 days on a feeding tube. He was hospitalized for over 61 days due to COVID-19 symptoms, during which he could barely talk and had to relearn to walk and sit up by himself. He was a breath away from...

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May 21, 2020
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