COVID Update: Experts Answer Questions on Boosters, Everyday Risks and What the Future Holds

An expert panel mines the latest data to discuss the COVID-related issues on patients’ minds. Our specialists shed light on why surges wane, which measures truly enhance protection, whether masks harm children, why the vaccines confer different degrees of immunity, which populations need a third shot, and other considerations.

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Robert M. Wachter, MD.

Robert M. Wachter, MD

Chair of the Department of Medicine

Dr. Robert M. Wachter is chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine, which leads the nation in grants from the National Institutes of Health and is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best. His primary interests are health care quality, ...

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George Rutherford, MD.

George Rutherford, MD


My research interests are the epidemiology and prevention of infectious and tropical diseases of public health importance, both internationally and domestically, with a primary focus on HIV and AIDS. My work is funded primarily by the ...

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Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH.

Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief (Clinical Operations/ Education) of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF/ San Francisco General Hospital. She also serves as the ...

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Peter Chin-Hong, MD.

Peter Chin-Hong, MD

Professor of Medicine

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong specializes in treating infectious diseases. He has a focus on infections that develop in immunosuppressed patients, such as recipients of organ and stem cell transplants, particularly HIV-positive recipients of organ ...

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