The unthinkable has happened:
From the LATimes newsletter thingie:
What Went Wrong in L.A.?
Los Angeles Countyhealth officials are warning of a possible new surge inCOVID-19 cases after family gatherings and out-of-town trips during the holidays, despite guidelines that asked the public to stay home.
[Ed. note: the selfish fuckers didn’t.]
But already, COVID-19 patients have begun to flood hospitals, and the influx may soon force doctors to ration care. In addition, Southern California and other areas are likely to see stay-at-home orders extended.
The dire situation has prompted confusion and dismay among Angelenos, many of whom are wondering whether their sacrifices over nine months have been for naught.
[Ed. Note: The selfish fuckers who travelled during back-to-back holidays —EVEN THOUGH WARNED NOT TO— made this an existential question. Amazing how some really bad, stupid selfish fuckers can extend and worsen a pandemic, innit?]
L.A. County was an early adopter of masks, quickly instituted stay-at-home orders in March and November and, until this point, has kept its rate of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths relatively low.
So, what went wrong? Interviews with 31 epidemiologists, health experts and public officials offer clues: L.A. was far more vulnerable to an extreme crisis than nearly anywhere else in the nation.
Last work to ¡GASP! Frank Luntz:
UPDATE 1: Well, we’re totally eff’ed in the dark again, the AP tells us
WASHINGTON — Nearly 1.3 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest level of air travel in more than nine months, despite fear that travel will lead to more cases of COVID-19.
The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1,284,599 on Sunday, the highest total since March 15. More than 10 million people have traveled by air since Dec. 18, including six days with at least 1 million people getting screened.
Figures on road trips aren’t available, but AAA predicted that about 85 million Americans would travel during the Christmas holiday season, most of them by car.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top expert on infectious disease, said that level of travel could lead to a further increase in COVID-19 cases. Fauci said crowded airports make it difficult to maintain social distance, and holiday gatherings combine people from different households.
New cases of COVID-19 have been surging for about two months. There have been more than 330,000 reported deaths from the virus.