First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic Crashes In Southeast San Francisco

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Southeastern San Francisco and the 94124 zip code rank second highest in COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents according to Department of Public Health Mapping released on April 20, 2020.
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SFDPH Map of COVID-19 cases in San Francisco documents a citywide rate of 14.23 cases per 10,000 residents. The 94124 zip code in Bayview Hunters Point ranks second highest with 27,89 cases per 10,000 residents…more than double the citywide rate! Note the mapping does not identify COVID-19 deaths by zip code.
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EPA map of particle pollution documents greater than 20 tons per year in the 94124 zip code. Note the overlay between maps of COVID-19 cases and particle pollution density in southeast San Francisco.
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Proposition 65 Warning at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
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The pulmonary interstitium is part of the lungs’ anatomy. According to WebMD, the interstitium is a lace like tissue spread throughout the lung that supports the air sacs and allows for gas exchange between the lungs and the blood stream.
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When the delicate lace like tissue called the interstitium becomes damaged and inflammed by COVID-19 and toxic air contaminants, it thickens causing gas exchange in the lung to fail.
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A series of chest xrays reveal the characteristic ground glass appearance seen in interstitial lung disease. Damage to lung tissue called interstitium from either COVID-19 infection or exposure to air pollution leads to lung diseases, cough and difficulty breathing. The San Francisco Department of Public Health does not categorize interstitial lung disease as a separate and distinct form of cardiopulmonary disease.
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The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program has detected toxic elements present in soils at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, it’s landfills and in the serpentinite bedrock of the Hunters Point hilltop where tons of asbestos and toxin containing particulates were generated by grading activities beginning in 2005.
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Unprotected worker exposed to airborne toxins and particulates in uncovered piles of dust at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard — a federal Superfund site. The finding of a 31% increase in lung cancer among men in the 94124 zip code is likely the cumulative result of living and working in this industrialized region. Photo: Lennar
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A rare chart from the SFDPH 2004 Community Health Assessment documents top contributors to excess lives lost in 94124. Note violence is the leading cause of preventable loss of life followed by cardiopulmonary diseases linked to smoking and air pollution and cancers of lung, trachea and bronchi.The San Francisco Department of Public Health no longer tracks cancer by zip code. The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment does not include cancer and cardiopulmonary diseases as a category for health needs. https://www.sfdph.org/dph/hc/HCAgen/2019/May7/CHNA_2019_Report_041819_Stage4.pdf
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Healthy Lungs Matter — The COVID-19 pandemic leads to death in those who develop diseases due to damage to the lung tissue called interstitial lung disease. In people exposed to toxic air contaminants including particulates, asbestos, silica and volatilized compounds chronic damage to the lung tissue causes interstitial lung disease.
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Medical Director - Golden State MD Health & Wellness. UCSF/Stanford Author & Researcher. PI HP Biomonitoring. Certified Clinical Nutritionist. PoliticoMD!

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