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Rising STD Trend, Interrupted

June 14, 2021 – The pandemic caused a temporary dip in 2020. But as public health spending has decreased, sexually transmitted disease trends have increased. Read more.

Coronavirus Origins Theory

June 8, 2021 – "It seems more plausible than a lab leak." Finding a coronavirus closely related to Covid-19 circulating in wild animals would likely quell suspicions that the pandemic virus was created in a lab, says UCSD's Joel Wertheim. Watch the video.

Experts weigh in on the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis

May 19, 2021 – The hypothesis that Covid-19 was leaked from a Wuhan lab has leaped from its original host — Trump administration officials and people dismissed as conspiracy theorists — into the body of mainstream debate. Last week, 18 leading scientists published a letter in the academic journal Science calling for further investigation to determine the origin of the pandemic that has killed 3.4 million people worldwide. Read more.

So your kid barely had the sniffles this past year. Will that last?

May 12, 2021 – COVID-19 restrictions dramatically decreased how often children got sick. Here’s what it will take to keep that up. Read more.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Hopefuls Turned Off by Recent Blood Clot Concerns

April 14, 2021 – The doctor who led Johnson & Johnson vaccine trials in San Diego stressed the pause was recommended out of an abundance of caution, and county leaders say the shortage won't severely impact vaccinations locally. Read more.

Here’s How Getting Vaccinated Helps Protect Your Kids Too

April 13, 2021 – New research finds that getting vaccinated doesn’t just help protect you from COVID-19, it also helps protect those around you who haven’t yet been vaccinated — including young kids. Read more.

How Well Do COVID-19 Vaccines Actually Work Over the Longer Term?

April 11, 2021 – A clinical trial of college students, including those at UC San Diego, will try to answer that question, and whether vaccinated persons might still pose an infection risk to others. Read more.

STD Rates During COVID-19 Pandemic are Concerning

April 9, 2021 – The most recent data available suggests reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have declined. This may sound like good news, but experts at University of California San Diego AntiViral Research Center say that the drop in reported STD rates may be the result of decreased testing during COVID-19 restrictions and could rise again as restrictions are lifted. Read more.

Opinion: San Diego’s sexual health programs need better resources to be sustainable, now and post-pandemic

April 7, 2021 – Opinion piece authored by Susan Little, MD. Read more.

How Well do COVID-19 Vaccines Work Over the Longer Term?

April 1, 2021 – A clinical trial of college students, including those at UC San Diego, will try to answer that question, and whether vaccinated persons might still pose an infection risk to others. Read more.

Lab leak Covid-19 theory is like something out of a comic book, virologist says

March 31, 2021 – Theories about a laboratory leak being the source of the coronavirus pandemic sound like something out of a comic book, one virologist says. Read more.

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases decline in pandemic, but research suggests they could rise again soon

March 29, 2021 – Data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic suggests reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases have declined, but experts at UC San Diego's AntiViral Research Center on Monday said rates could soon be on the rise again. Read more.

Fauci and others look ahead to the holidays: Put another leaf in the table

March 27, 2021 – Features Constance Benson, MD, and Robert Schooley, MD. Read more.

Novel Coronavirus Circulated Undetected Months before First COVID-19 Cases in Wuhan, China

March 18, 2021 – Study dates emergence to as early as October 2019; simulations suggest in most cases zoonotic viruses die out naturally before causing a pandemic. Read more.

COVID-19 heart problems may persist for months; smartphone oxygen meters prove helpful

February 19, 2021 – ​The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Read more.

Can Current Smartphone Technology Tell You When a Pandemic Might Come Calling?

February 9, 2021 – Optical tool in many smartphones found effective at assessing blood-oxygen levels and could be used to identify persons with worsening respiratory function. Read more.