Bay Area doctors are educating the public and becoming social media stars

Word that the Bay Area may be flattening the coronavirus curve swept across the nation this week thanks in part to a few UCSF physicians who’ve become social media stars of sorts, taking to Twitter to help educate the public about the frightening and evolving outbreak while adding commentary and a little levity along the way.

Since March 16, Bob Wachter, head of the school’s Department of Medicine, has posted daily updates — the Covid (@UCSF) Chronicles, he calls them — in which he cites daily numbers at UCSF, often accompanied by charts and observations.

The numbers have shown only “a slight upward tilt,” he noted on Thursday. “In chatting with other hospitals in SF, everybody’s seeing relatively low numbers.”

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