Omicron

Covid Fatigue Clashes with Covid Confusion as Summer Surge Drags On 

The current surge is upending prior health guidance around reinfection and the public is starting to tune out.

A Swirl of Covid Variants Turns SF Summer into One Long Surge 

Summer activities and new Covid strains colliding at once have created a ‘sea of virus’—and limited protection against reinfections.

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: Medical Experts Say Covid Will Evolve, and Surge, for Foreseeable Future

Local infectious disease experts say Covid-19, like the common cold, will continue to mutate in order to dodge both vaccines and natural immunity.

What San Franciscans Should Know About the BA.2 Omicron Variant

San Francisco’s Covid case counts don’t tell the whole story about the current state of the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know.

Bus Staffing Returning to Normal as Ridership Climbs

Muni is still considering summer service plans and BART is reporting its highest ridership yet this year.

Downtown Revival Stunted by Omicron, but Rents Remain Stable

Permanent remote work policies could change the city’s commercial landscape forever.

Explainer: What is ‘Stealth Omicron’ and Should SF Be Concerned?

The “stealth” title of the virus may be a bit of a misnomer, said Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley.

San Francisco to Lift Indoor Mask Rules for Office Workers, Gyms on Feb. 1

Fully vaccinated people will again be allowed to remove their masks in indoor settings like gyms and offices under a new San Francisco health order starting Tuesday.

Covid Masking and Quarantine Rules Eased for Young Children in SF

San Francisco loosened some masking and quarantine policies for young children as Omicron cases fall and pressure from parents grow.

Health Experts Push Back on UCSF Doctors’ Petition Calling for End to California Mask Mandates

As the Omicron wave subsides, UCSF doctors have split into two camps on whether to lift mask mandates, especially for children.