Last month, New Orleans held Mardis Gras and now it’s one of the fastest growing regions in the nation when it comes to new coronavirus/COVID-19 cases. Louisiana as a whole is seeing a rise in cases, but New Orleans is the epicenter of the outbreak for the state. Just to underscore how crazy it’s getting in New Orleans, as of yesterday evening, nine of the top ten counties in the United States with the most cases are in New York. The one county that is outside of New York in the top ten is Orleans Parish, the county that New Orleans belongs to.
The data that I’ve been seeing indicates that social distancing does work. After implementing their social distancing measures, Santa Clara County in the Bay Area has seen a significant decrease in cases. What also helps is Santa Clara County was among four of the first counties in the country (all in the Bay Area) to have shelter in place orders. As a result, the Bay Area will likely see a return to normalcy sooner than other regions.
However, in order for the United States to truly beat this virus, I am of the belief that all 50 states will need to have stay at home orders from their governors. At the moment, 17 states have stay at home orders, though those 17 states make up 50% of the U.S. population. So, half the nation is under stay at home orders, which is good.
However, the other 50% of the population and remaining 33 states need to get on board ASAP. Especially Florida and Texas. With all the old people down in Florida, odds are good Florida could become the next Italy. On that note, I saw an article in The L.A. Times titled “Will Florida and Texas be ‘the next Italy’? Red states lag blue in stay-at-home orders.” I think that article raises a very grim, but also very legitimate question.