(UPDATED) The Death Panels Arrive

Noted Pandemic traveller

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.

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6 Responses to (UPDATED) The Death Panels Arrive

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  2. julesmomcat says:

    Dumb-da-dumb-dumb. Dumb-da-dumb-dumb-DUMB!

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  3. Astamari says:

    Our county of 1.1 million people has just reported a 7-day test positivity rate of 7.2% up from 3.2% in October. A lot of people really try to follow the guidelines but when community spread is just so widespread, it’s really tough even when the county is trying to be very strict.

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  4. Weird Dave says:

    We now learn the real meaning of the word “triage”…

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  5. Jimmy T says:

    Seems it’s up everywhere with (of course) heavily red counties leading the charge. My new nextdoor neighbors had a rather large Thanksgiving party, the very next week we noticed they weren’t going to work. They were lucky in that the two of them seem to have recovered (no we haven’t talked to them). No word yet on the health of the other 16 people who attended (yes we counted). Didn’t have to be, but then when you’re only paying attention to the firehose of bullsh*t, well, it is what it is…

    I may have posted this song before here but it is so apropos…

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  6. MDavis says:

    Isn’t this like the worst timeline’s version of Prisoner’s Dilemma? The one where grabbing the prize is crowding into normal gatherings in a pan-effin-demic.
    Go ahead and grab the prize, if you’re the only one to do that you win everything.
    Or…
    Go ahead and grab the prize (or stay home) and everyone loses (even those who stay home)

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