UCSF’s Dr. Bob Wachter explains why he’s masking up again admin 7 months ago No Comments Facebook Prev Article Next Article COVID-19 cases are on the rise in California and UCSF’s Dr. Bob Wachter posted on Twitter on Monday that he will return to a more cautious demeanor and re-wear the mask in indoor public spaces where they may not be required. “In the last month, SF has become much less masked,” Wachter wrote on Twitter. “At this point, if you’ve decided it’s okay to get covid (which isn’t crazy if you’re vaccinated/reinforced), it’s okay to take your mask off in crowded indoor spaces. If you’d rather avoid covid and have become less cautious, it’s time to rethink. Less reliable Covid case numbers than before (home testing, fewer testing sites). Our @UCSF The asymptomatic post-test rate (ATPR) remains a good indicator of prevalence in the community. Bad news: in recent weeks, the ATPR is ⬆3 times, now 3.4%. It implies that ~1/30 asymptomatic people in SF are pos. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/rIzR0vV3y5 —Bob Wachter (@Bob_Wachter) May 2, 2022 Wachter said he is wearing a face covering again because he prefers to avoid COVID. He said he is more concerned about the prolonged symptoms of COVID and the long-term risks, including heart damage, neurological impacts and diabetes. “I will now do 100% N95 in crowded indoor spaces,” Wachter wrote. “I would strongly prefer to dine outdoors or indoors, although I will eat indoors in small groups (recognizing it’s a risk, but it seems worth it). You must make your own choice, but do so with your eyes open – there are many Covid over there.” Wachter is the chair of the UCSF department of medicine and has been tweeting about COVID-19 for more than two years, sharing regular updates with his views on the state of the pandemic in San Francisco and around the world. After a January spike amid the omicron surge, San Francisco saw a significant drop in cases and the city eased the health mandate, no longer requiring the wearing of masks in most indoor public spaces. Cases are on the rise again, though it’s hard to know how much less reliable the state and city data are, as there are fewer testing sites and more people are testing at home. Wachter said the asymptomatic test-positive rate at UCSF, where patients are required to be tested before certain procedures or if they stay overnight, is a good indicator of prevalence in the community. She said that in the last week, the rate tripled, reaching 3.4%, which means that 1 in 30 people in San Francisco are asymptomatic. “I slipped a little bit around wearing masks in non-crowded spaces and became less careful around restaurants,” Wachter said. “I am resuming more cautious behavior.” Facebook Prev Article Next Article Related Posts 2023 BMW M3 gets Techno Violet and Amazing colors from M’s past admin May 25, 2022 Vivo’s new flagship has a bigger and better in-display fingerprint sensor admin May 19, 2022 These bats buzz like hornets to scare off predators admin May 10, 2022 Fourth suspected case in Sacramento County, 30 are vaccinated admin June 7, 2022 India shows no signs of slowing down in its purchase of Russian oil admin June 1, 2022 Now Ohio is reporting seven cases of hepatitis in children as young as admin May 6, 2022 NFL will meet with Deshaun Watson this week; Browns QB plans to bring new offensive teammates to the Bahamas admin May 17, 2022 What was your favorite PS5, PS4 game shown in State of Play? admin June 4, 2022 Gas prices and inflation overtake Covid as top travel concern admin June 1, 2022 Michigan AG rejects ‘draconian’ abortion law of 1931 admin May 9, 2022 Did you test positive? See if you qualify for Paxlovid and how to get it admin May 17, 2022 Gisele Fetterman becomes the center of attention after her husband’s stroke admin May 22, 2022 About The Author admin More from this Author Add Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.