At the beginning of the corona virus epidemic, it was celebrated as a beacon of public knowledge in a country on the edge of California.
With the exception of Donald Trump’s masks and restrictions, California leaders first ordered their residents to shelter, as the virus told Americans “never came out of nowhere” and “one day a miracle will disappear.”
For months, the government appeared to avoid disaster in New York and Louisiana. Despite being the most populous state in the country with the largest number of direct flights to China’s epidemiological center, California has a low mortality rate.
However, with the onset of summer, the pressure to reopen increased. Officials found that the government did not object to social exclusion and masked national fatigue. Between the interlocking rules of disruption and guidelines, lawsuits are formed.
‘The Most Challenging Moment’
Today, much of California is in a state of re-lockout amid a dramatic rise in epidemics. The state has increased the number of cases by more than 1.3 meters, with more than 25,000 infections reported in a single day last week.
Los Angeles County passed away last week Chaotic milestone Authorities fear 10,000 new Govt-19 cases a day, and an increase in infections as a result of the Thanksgiving holiday. In the hospital Will rise further. LA officials said there was one now Will die Every 20 minutes, Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, Govt. The pressure was broken Speaking of the “incalculable loss” of more than 8,000 deaths at a conference.
San Francisco has raised its average case rate from 15 to 30 per 100,000 residents after the holidays. In San Diego, across the US-Mexico border More than 1,000 People suffer every day.
“This is a very challenging moment since the onset of this epidemic,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said last week. “Lives are in balance. Lives will be lost if we do not do more than we have ever done. ”
Hospitals across the state are already carrying heavy loads. In Southern California, The Ability The number of intensive care units has been reduced to 10%. In Santa Clara County in the Bay Area, there are just 31 ICU beds for 2 million residents. ICU beds are expected to be vacated by December 27 in San Francisco.
Marcia Chandini, a nurse enrolled in the emergency department at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, said: “The virus is now spreading to all of us. “We are working hard to protect ourselves and our patients. The next two months will be very scary.”
Leading employees say they have been struggling with a winter ahead, even though it has been burning for months after the disaster. Eric Fernandez, a 30-year-old ER nurse at a convenient Antelope Fence Hospital (AVH) north of LA, said: “I saw young people coming through the door and being admitted to the ICU immediately. “Most of us have the same thinking – what made us sick? What if it was a member of our family?”
Fernandez’s Hospital Recently received a state discount He said increasing the number of patients per nurse in the midst of a massive Govt uprising would further increase staff stress. “We deal with it as best we can, but it’s emotionally and mentally taxing.”
It was frustrating that the public no longer seemed to take Govt ethics seriously, Chantini said. “Every day we go to work, we put our lives and our family lives in order.”
With the lock locked again
Faced with an increasingly complex situation, the government moved last week to impose a new shelter order, which will be triggered whenever the ICU capacity of an area drops below 15%. In Southern California, the Central Valley and the Sacramento area quickly crossed the threshold. In the Bay Area, district officials carried out operations in advance. “We did not do this because we wanted to. It’s about the lives of the people,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breit.
Political leaders and health officials say the new regulations are important. “The virus is now everywhere in our city, and in many places before it was not caught,” said Dr. Grant Colbax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. “Even low-risk activities are now at considerable risk because there is more virus than ever before. Simply put, to put it bluntly, we cannot escape from the things we have been able to escape so far.”
But the response from Californians has been mixed. Many have said the rules, which last until Christmas and order residents to stay at home except for essential activities, range from accepting guests outside the state to closing down bar hotels, outdoor food and personal care businesses. Times seem paradoxical.
Why should residents reduce contact with other households, but can retail shopping and entertainment production continue? When indoor shopping malls were allowed to remain open, why were the rules initially ordered to close playgrounds? Why should Californians restrict social interaction when their governor and the mayor of San Francisco attend celebrations at a Michelin-starred restaurant?
Like Americans across the country, Californians face a “real epidemic” in the U.S. Monica Gandhi, an epidemiologist in San Francisco, said that unlike the onset of epidemics, locking would be “less compliant.”
In fact, opposition to the new measures is particularly strong in rural districts, some of which have been banned for a long time – in some cases, Latin coronary virus controls have made Latin low-income farm workers float their state’s $ 50 billion farm industry despite the widespread spread of the virus.
The severely affected restaurant industry is also resisting the new restrictions. Some restaurants have invested in thousands of outdoor food infrastructure, which they believed would last through the epidemic, only to see those facilities ordered to close.
According to California Restaurant Association spokeswoman Sharokina Shams, the company’s research shows that 43% of restaurant owners will survive their business in the next six months. “People who started to get frustrated – today they feel frustrated.”
Meanwhile, the recent Govt uprising continues to shine a bright light on inequality. California has recorded unemployment levels and countless businesses have closed for good, although some sectors – especially the tech industry – continue to accumulate revenue. In the aftermath of the epidemic, economists predict that California will find what is known as a “K-shaped recovery,” where the incomes of high-income earners rise rapidly as they struggle.
Latin in LA County, Many of them do essential work, and the virus infects more than twice the proportion of whites. Number Working class neighborhood It has been particularly devastating for people who do not register documents and are unable to access assistance.
“It’s very bad for all of us. They have the right to be paid on sick days, but that does not mean that the right is respected,” said Marisa Nuncio, a lawyer for garment workers in LA. Nuncio said he still received calls from affected workers who were afraid to go to the hospital. “They say, ‘I hope I can get this back home.'”
Martha Indoni, director of research at the Auckland-based non-profit public health agency, said the new locking measures did little to address those inequalities due to a lack of support for workers. “We have an association of factors that make people financially unstable, and we think they have no choice but to work even if they are sick,” he said. “Especially in California, we have huge populations of undocumented people who have been haunted by the federal government and are particularly vulnerable.”
Activists hope that California will take those inequalities into account when developing a program to distribute the Covit-19 vaccine. California is on track Get the size of 327,000 On its first ship, it will reach hospitals in the coming days. The government aims to vaccinate 2.16 million people by the end of this year, including health workers and residents of long-term care facilities.