Umoja Health set up a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination and testing site on the Center of Hope Community Church parking lot. Recipients could drive-thru or walk-up. Photo taken by Annika Hom on March 6, 2021.

Hello Readers:

Is the variant question keeping you awake at night? No need for that, writes Kate today in her piece on experts addressing the issue.

In other news:

Stay safe and enjoy the weather,

— Lydia


Variants, ‘scariants’: The media has overblown the alarm on new Covid-19 mutations, experts say

Experts say mounting evidence indicates that the threat posed by variants has been overhyped.

Covid Tracker: 34,495 cases, 445 deaths

Main indicators continue to show a low virus prevalence currently in the City. Also, DPH says vaccinations have been under-reported since early March.

UCSF Grand Rounds: One year later: Where we’ve come, where we are, where we’re going

When did the pandemic become real?

For Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of UCSF’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, it was the cancellation of an NBA game.

“That is when the things that I had been saying were more than, ‘Oh, Mom is just the doctor who is always worried about everything’ to ‘something really different has happened,’” Bibbins-Domingo said. 

Planning approves plan to replace S.F. Auto Works with a six-story project

The Planning Department approved a project Thursday that proposes to demolish the baby-blue S.F. Auto Works building at 1021 Valencia St., near 21st Street, and build a 75-foot-tall residential building. 

Just a snap – this one needs research.

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The columns are clearly decorated with what the artist saw as the challenges faced by the miners.

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