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COVID researchers discover why some people are asymptomatic

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Once a COVID-19 infection sets in, the virus has extreme differences in how it impacts an unvaccinated person’s body. Throughout the pandemic, novel coronavirus proved to be lethal in some patients. “(COVID) can attack almost anything in the body with devastating consequences,” cardiologist Harlan Krumholz of Yale University told Science […]
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BART mask mandate ending leaves one transit holdout in S.F.

Only one public transportation agency with service in San Francisco will still require masks next month. Beginning Oct. 1, BART will no longer require passengers aboard its trains and within its stations to wear masks as a COVID-19 mitigation measure following a vote of the agency's board of directors on Thursday night. AC Transit – which makes more than 500 trips in and out of San Francisco each week –...
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Mission barbershop begins recovery from pandemic closure

SAN FRANCISCO - For many small business owners, the pandemic put a halt on their livelihoods. Now, those who withstood the ordeal are picking up the pieces. According to Harvard University's Economic Tracker, today there are 37.5% fewer small businesses open nationwide compared to January 2020, before the start of the pandemic. In California, that number is slightly higher at 39.1% "We had to close our shop for 7-months," said barbershop owner Chad Gabriel. Gabriel, the owner of the former 30SVN understands the struggle, especially in California where hair salons were not considered "essential businesses", forcing many to shutter. "A few...
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A “Serious Concern” – Worrying Numbers of Pregnant Women Are Being Exposed to Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The cancer-causing chemicals can be found in dishware, hair coloring, plastics, and pesticides. According to experts at the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, pregnant women in the United States are being exposed to chemicals such as melamine, cyanuric acid, and aromatic amines, which can increase the risk of cancer and harm child development.
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Day Around the Bay: The Oldest Living Californian, an Oakland Resident, Has Died

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. "After experiencing symptoms and self-quarantining at home this week, Mayor Schaaf has tested positive for COVID. She’ll follow CDC guidelines before returning to public events," according to a statement from her spokesperson Justin Berton. [NBC Bay Area]. The oldest...
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CDC: COVID transmission in Bay Area is low

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Statewide mask requirements are disappearing in all indoor places, including those with lots of visitors and employees such as prisons and homeless shelters. The California Department of Public Health’s guidance now aligns with United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidance for when COVID-19 cases are low. State health officials do […]
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Frank Oz, Yoda actor and Oakland native, drops COVID wisdom after infection

More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, famed puppeteer and voice actor Frank Oz says he has contracted the virus for the first time. Oz, an Oakland Technical High School graduate who got his start at Oakland’s Fairyland on Lake Merritt, tweeted Friday that he was experiencing "minor symptoms" after sharing "two meals with friends inside a restaurant."
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Santa Clara Unified School Board: COVID-19 Vaccination Rules Ease Up, Possible Partnership with Stanford University

New public health orders mean vaccine requirement changes at Santa Clara Unified School District. The Board of Trustees also heard about a research opportunity with Stanford University. Public Health Updates. The District no longer needs proof of vaccination from workers, including volunteers, said Chief Business Official Mark A. Schiel at...
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Where the Palo Alto school board candidates stand on COVID learning loss

Recovery proposals include differentiated instruction, accelerated socialization, social-emotional support. In preparation for the Palo Alto Weekly's coverage of the campaigns for Palo Alto Unified Board of Education, we solicited questions from our readers that speak to their topmost concerns about the school district. From their many excellent responses, we've crafted...
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