John Woolfolk, The Daily Democrat

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Past articles by John:

CDC eases COVID-19 guidance

CDC rules for staying home after exposure to virus now same regardless of vaccination status. → Read More

Guns overtake cars as leading cause of death for U.S. youth. ‘I just didn’t think it would occur so quickly’

Researcher says motor vehicle fatalities under age 20 have fallen 51% since 2000, but firearm deaths have risen 83% since 2013. → Read More

With COVID cases surging, Bay Area health officers urge but don’t mandate face masks

Statewide and local mask requirements have been lifted but Bay Area health officers Friday said cases have reached a level where they are advising people to wear masks again indoors. → Read More

CDC now says 8 weeks between COVID vaccine shots optimal for some

Here’s why the new dosing schedule may be optimal for some people, especially males ages 12–39 years. → Read More

What will change with California’s mask rules? – Daily Democrat

The vaccinated will get a mask break in many indoor settings, but school mask requirements in California remain in place for now. → Read More

COVID cases among California kids fall after first month of school

Schools haven’t seen massive COVID-19 outbreaks in the month since kids returned to classrooms even with the highly transmissible delta variant and many students too young for vaccines, but e… → Read More

California poll finds Gov. Newsom recall falling short

The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found just 39% of 1,080 likely California voters would vote to recall Newsom, effectively unchanged from the 40% of those surveyed in May and i… → Read More

With COVID tests needed for work, school and play, get ready for longer wait times for results

California’s COVID-19 testing rate has risen sharply over the summer after falling from a winter peak, and with it, wait times for tests and results are peaking to levels we haven’t see… → Read More

New CDC study finds COVID-19 far riskier than vaccines

A total of five deaths have been linked to rare blood clots or an autoimmune neurologic disorder following the Johnson & Johnson shot and no deaths from heart inflammation following the Pfizer … → Read More

COVID battle lines: California orders masks; New York requires vaccines. Who’s right?

Experts agree on one thing: Vaccines, not masks, are the way out of the pandemic. → Read More

California’s COVID surge would vault a dozen or more counties to restrictive purple tier

A dozen counties including Los Angeles, Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano now have 7-day average daily case rates of 10 or more per 100,000 people. → Read More

California health officials mull masks for vaccinated amid COVID surge

Three counties — Los Angeles, Yolo and Sacramento — are urging everyone to wear face masks in all public indoor areas regardless of whether they’re vaccinated. Los Angeles will ma… → Read More

COVID: You got the J&J shot. Is it enough for Delta variant? – Daily Democrat

Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients are considering booster shots. Should they? → Read More

How are health experts handling California’s reopening?

Doctors aren’t yet ready to go mask-free indoors among strangers. Should you be? → Read More

Do tough gun laws prevent firearm deaths? Here’s a state-by-state look

The mass shooting at a San Jose rail yard raised the debate again: Do tough gun laws work? Here’s a state-by-state look → Read More

San Jose shooting: Sheriff says VTA gunman had 2 semi-automatic handguns

Sheriff Laurie Smith also says VTA gunman Samuel James Cassidy had 11 ammunition magazines with him. → Read More

California won’t create a vaccine passport, but large events will be screened

The state will allow large outdoor and indoor events to continue with proof of vaccination, a negative test or in some cases masking. → Read More

COVID: What do California, Texas, New York and Florida have in common? Stunningly low infection rates

Perhaps no states represent the red-blue divide better than deeply Democratic California and New York and Republican-run Texas and Florida. So why are their COVID rates so similar? → Read More

Your boss, your bartender or your government: Who should know if you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine?

Poll shows Californians are OK with having to show proof they have been vaccinated to get into sports stadiums or concert venues, but are a lot less sure about the government setting up a verificat… → Read More

COVID: Infections are raging in India. Could U.S. be next?

Medical experts concede they don’t fully understand why India avoided severe outbreaks for much of the past year only to be overwhelmed now, but say much higher U.S. vaccination rates should … → Read More