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    • 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. 

    • I follow the "lockdowns" with interest across the country, and the globe. One thing I think is not clear is that even though enforced total quarantine is the most drastic measure possible, and arguably a way to buy time, it doesn't look like an actual solution to end the overall issue, until a valid vaccine or at least a cure is developed.

      However, it becomes necessary (as opposed to still allow people at least some limited freedom in a certain area, such as walking outdoors for exercise) because indeed regarding "social distancing" it's puzzling how people still aren't all fully aware or perhaps convinced of this being a necessity. The awareness thing is weirdly skewed, from full paranoia to complete denial of risk, depending of whom you speak with. It's a very, very interesting aspect of human psychology..

    • re: social distancing

      stats in Ireland show that covid patients before social distancing had 20 to 30 contacts when traced.
      after social distancing / working from home the number of contacts a covid patient had dropped to 5

      This should slow the spread and “flatten the curve” easing the burden on hospitals

    • Something I've been wanting to touch on and Trevor Noah did earlier in the week on his show, is the psychological impact that our enemy being microscopic has on all this. If there were big mutant mosquitoes out there infecting everyone, no one would dare step outside their houses. But because it's a virus that nobody sees, I think it makes a certain portion of the population take this virus less seriously than they should.

    • I am curious what they mean by "contacts". Standing several feet away from persons and speaking to them? Obviously if physical contact is made then all bets are off.. Thank you.

    • It's quite true, and sad, depending on person's level of education. But also consider many of those facing tough choices between loosing a job - hence livelihood and some even their home vs. possibly get infected.

    • But because it's a virus that nobody sees, I think it makes a certain portion of the population take this virus less seriously than they should.

      I would surmise that it's a fairly significant percentage of the population that does exactly that.

      Why? Things said (repeatedly) by certain people that have TV cameras pressed into their faces, and making some not-very-smart comments about this pandemic we're living through.