Erin Allday, SF Chronicle

Erin Allday

SF Chronicle

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by Erin:

Half Moon Bay’s close-knit farmworker community reels from massacre

Half Moon Bay’s close-knit farmworker community was reeling after a man shot and killed seven people in a “workplace violence” attack at two local nurseries. → Read More

Downtown San Francisco breaks 152-year-old rainfall record in recent storms

The past 10 days in downtown San Francisco were the wettest in more than 150 years. → Read More

California storm: Overnight forecast sees gusty winds up to 80 mph

Nearly 100,000 PG&E customers are impacted by power outages around SF Bay Area. → Read More

New COVID booster shot shows ‘tremendous promise.’ Can it prevent the next surge?

The newly redesigned COVID booster shots mark a milestone in the pandemic: the first time that mRNA vaccines have been updated to match a specific coronavirus variant. → Read More

We’ve never seen a virus evolve like this. Here’s why COVID’s future is still a mystery

COVID is the first time in history we are watching a virus evolve in real time. Will it evolve to cause less severe symptoms? Here's what we know so far. → Read More

Monkeypox in Bay Area: Alameda County has first suspected case

The Alameda County case, if confirmed, would be the second in the Bay Area. A San Francisco resident also contracted monkeypox. → Read More

As Bay Area cases swell again, it’s ‘very hard right now to avoid getting COVID’

COVID cases blew up across the Bay Area in May, as the region became entrenched in a sixth surge that is likely many times larger than what reported infections show → Read More

I spent over 2 years writing about COVID — and avoiding it. Here’s how omicron finally got me

Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday has written hundreds of stories about COVID-19 but... → Read More

Fever, body aches, loss of smell: New COVID study charts evolution of symptoms

A study involving more than 60,000 San Francisco residents, primarily living in the... → Read More

Almost as contagious as measles: Coronavirus spins out worrisome new mutations

The relentless evolution of new variants could propel the coronavirus to overtake measles as the most contagious of all known infections and propel new COVID surges around the world. → Read More

‘Living with COVID’ in the Bay Area might mean coping with big swells in cases for years

The swell in infections sweeping across the U.S. and the Bay Area gives a hint of what... → Read More

S.F.-led scientists unveil ‘groundbreaking’ map of human body cells

A global team revealed the first draft of a human cell atlas Thursday — a... → Read More

Another COVID variant is rapidly spreading in California. Should you worry about omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1?

Another COVID variant is climbing rapidly in California. Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 is more infectious than its predecessors and could make up half of new COVID cases “in a matter of days,” health officials said → Read More

After California postponed its COVID vaccine mandate for kids, experts ponder: Will shots ever be required?

The state’s decision to delay its school vaccine mandate for COVID raises questions... → Read More

Scientists Unveil Groundbreaking Human Genome Sequence

A large group of scientists, led in part by geneticists at University of California Santa Cruz, has outlined the first complete human genome. This breakthrough could lead to many other new discoveries about health. → Read More

Why more people may get reinfected with COVID as the BA.2 subvariant spreads

Reinfection with the coronavirus is not as unusual as scientists had once hoped. What... → Read More

How low will Bay Area COVID numbers go as omicron beats a retreat?

COVID cases and hospitalizations have plummeted in the Bay Area since the peak of the... → Read More

After lifting mask mandate, California unveils plan to ease into next stage of life with COVID

The crisis phase of the 2-year-old coronavirus pandemic appears to be winding down in... → Read More

All Bay Area counties except one will lift indoor mask mandate next week

Santa Clara County is the only that will not follow the state in lifting the mandate on... → Read More

Experts chart Bay Area life after COVID — and when it might arrive

Bay Area health officials are now talking about the next phase of the 2-year-old... → Read More