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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 08:00 PM

COVID Cognitive Dissonance in California

I know that the devil is in the details, but it strikes me as odd that California seems to be opening up while the statewide number of cases continues to grow and the number of deaths remains on a peak plateau, more or less. Where I live, in LA, the two week change in cases and deaths is increasing.

I can understand why the number of cases might be rising--more testing is being done--but the number of deaths is not on a good trajectory. It's certainly not an inverted V like in NY and NJ.

I guess money trumps health. I just wonder how long it will be before hospitalizations and deaths become unmanageable again. I know it will be a long time before I go to a restaurant or get on a flight, no matter what the authorities say.

Sorry for the paywall, but this part of the site might be open for everyone:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/california-coronavirus-cases.html#county

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Response to belpejic (Original post)

Sat Jun 6, 2020, 08:03 PM

1. I think the protests showed us that lockdowns don't work long term

they are short term tools to maintain hospital capacity. It will now be very hard to close down again.

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 08:26 PM

2. Good luck to all the businesses opening, unless they're gonna give stuff away, they'll be closing in

A few months. That $600 extra weekly unemployment is the ONLY thing keeping a ton of people afloat. It’s going to expire.
Then, evictions will be allowed again. People will literally have to choose between paying the rent and feeding the kids. My business will ,sadly, have a big uptick, I work in a field closely associated with this.
I live in a nice,prosperous “foothill town” in the LA area. There’s almost no one in my neighborhood going to work. I see neighbors that I’ve only seen walking their dogs at 7am or 7pm walking them at all hours of the business day.
They’ve suspended alternate side of the street parking, for street cleaning, because there’s no place to move your car to, cars are parked bumper to bumper and don’t move for days.

Just my first hand observations, but I can tell you that families living in their cars don’t do a lot of buying ANYTHING. There better be more stimulus coming or it’s gonna get brutal.

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 08:43 PM

3. America has chosen the Trump tactic

...namely, "just let it wash over them." It's the lazy way for some; for others, they've tuned out the reality. A lot are assuming that because it hasn't hit them yet, it never will. For still others, it's all about the machismo.

Not just making this up; my co-workers at the airport exemplify these attitudes. Masks are required in all areas accessible to the passengers (violations are punishable by stiff fines), but a lot of clowns seem to think COVID-19 can't pass through security so once they're through the door the masks come off. And fuck, are they smug about it.

Heard someone--a union shop steward, you'd be astonished at how many of 'em are trumpkins--popping off that masks leave you "breathing nothing but recycled air," which is such ignorant horseshit that I can't imagine how he ties his shoelaces. One of his friends was regurgitating nonsense about Bill Gates wanting to implant tracking chips via vaccines (which he was reading off of a cellphone that gives his location to any authority who wants it). Utterly certain of his superior intelligence, he smirks at me for wearing; Pence said it would be over by Memorial Day weekend and that's what he wants to believe, therefore it is true and only "cucks" give a shit about other people.

Mention South Korea, or the study that projected that this would be over if everyone just wore a mask...and they just let that "wash over them" too. Nothing's going to get through to them until they've got a tube down their throat or they're burying someone they love.

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