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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

UCSF’s Bob Wachter: Here’s Good News for San Francisco

With the omicron version of COVID-19 spreading even faster than health experts predicted, scientists are scrambling to understand what this means and the impact it will have.

But when Omicron first began the rapid spread, the new data seemed to have a somewhat more optimistic feel.

Dr. Bob Wachter, President of Medicine at UCSF, wrote Twitter That latest data makes him optimistic about a highly vaccinated city like San Francisco, where 80% of all residents are fully vaccinated, according to county figures. Getting a booster provides even more protection against omicrons.

While Wachter pointed out that the sharp increase in cases in San Francisco over the past week is “concerning” – the city also exceeded its peak case rate during the Delta surge – he said hospitalizations were still low, a trend which they think will continue.

“Why?” She wrote. “My best guess: The combination of Omicron’s low severity is hitting SF’s vaccination giant wall.”

That doesn’t mean there won’t be hospitalizations — “if we see a big case bump in SF, some hospitalizations are sure to happen,” he wrote, but he doesn’t think it will be overwhelming.

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