White House pauses program sending free at-home coronavirus tests


White House to suspend free at-home COVID tests this week 

Federal officials will stop sending free, at-home COVID tests through the mail on Friday. According to, COVID.gov/tests, the website where households could request the tests, the program will be suspended because Congress had not allocated enough funding to replace the country’s stockpile of tests. 

The White House began sending out the tests through the U.S. Postal Service in January. 

UCSF’s Dr. Bob Wachter not ready to ditch his mask or dine indoors

As the pandemic wears on and many people become complacent, Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF chair of medicine, says he still plans to abstain from indoor dining, and don a mask in crowded rooms.

In a lengthy tweet thread Saturday, Wachter said he’ll return to restaurants only when daily case rates fall below 5 for every 100,000 people in the region. That’s a significant drop from the national rate of 28 cases for every 100,000 people, and even from the more moderate daily case rate in San Francisco, of 19 per 100,000.

Long-COVID sufferers turn to expensive, unproven treatments

The names read like cure-alls touted by 19th century hucksters, but for thousands of long-COVID sufferers whose doctors have been unable to relieve their mysterious symptoms, a host of unproven, poorly tested, or off-label remedies provide hope and — sometimes — help.

Workers want to be in the office five days a week or not at all. What does that mean for S.F.?

When it comes to working remotely, or not, things are starting to stabilize. That is according to research from a group of academics tracking how and where work is done during this phase of the pandemic.

The research along with surveys of workers and companies are showing that workers are, in many cases, spending an amount of time in their workplaces these days that is in line with companies’ long term plans.

Will San Francisco restaurants keep their parklets? Looming deadline will force them to decide soon

A looming deadline is forcing San Francisco’s restaurateurs to weigh the potentially high costs and benefits of holding onto their parklets.

Initially intended to be temporary outdoor dining spaces, these parklets have stayed up thanks to the pandemic Shared Spaces program. But new regulations — including changes to parklets’ location, their size and a mandatory public bench requirement — will force many restaurants to alter their parklets in the coming months.