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Today marks one year since the Bay Area began lockdown due to the coronavirus.The anniversary leads many people to ask: what have we learned after this first year of the pandemic in the Bay Area?
UCSF’s Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Bob Wachter, checks in with The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to discuss what we did right, what we did wrong and where we are going within the pandemic.
When Nikki asked Dr. Wachter if there was anyway the shutdown could have lasted only three weeks as originally planned, he said:
“Absolutely no way, we didn’t know that at the time. It’s easy to go back and kind of beat yourself up about how badly things went, but there were things about this virus that we didn’t understand at the beginning and only became clear over time. Probably the biggest one was the virus’s extraordinary superpower of asymptomatic transmission. The fact that you can have it and be infectious and feel perfectly fine, we didn’t know that in the beginning and that wasn’t because we were stupid or not paying attention. It’s a very different superpower than similar viruses have and once that became clear there…was no radar to understand where it was and how fast it had already spread.”
Listen to the full conversation below.