Prompted by a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Newsom Administration has issued its latest decree, imposing a “limited stay at home order,” mere days after telling the public it was not contemplating a stay-at-home order because “many Californians are fatigued and tired.”
The order, issued by Acting State Public Health Officer Erica S. Pan, instructs Californians to stay indoors between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The Newsom Administration has deemed “activities conducted during 10:00pm to 5:00am are often non-essential” and “more likely related to social activities and gatherings” that can lead to “reduced inhibition.”
Apparently, we won’t catch COVID-19 if we’re in a state of “reduced inhibition” while at a social gathering at 9:59 p.m. or at 5:01 a.m. – according to the science and data which the Newsom Administration assures us is driving its edict-issuing.
The order applies to counties in the Purple Tier, which forbids a whole host of business activity such as indoor dining. Orange County was recently placed in this tier. It remains in effect until 5:00 a.m. on December 21, 2020 – but of course may be extended or revised according to the whim of state officials.
Even as COVID-19 cases surge, the big unknown for experts is how people are getting infected, as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.
Despite the absence of that critical data, the Newsom Administration reacts by imposing a statewide stay-at-home curfew. This is the same Governor Newsom who reacted to a later-discredited doomsday report predicting a 50% statewide infection rate by imposing the country’s first statewide lockdown, with disastrous results for jobs, the economy and non-COVID-related health impacts.
But as the saying goes: when you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
While the Newsom Administration goes into lockdown mode, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vows no return to lockdowns for the Sunshine State:
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is sticking to one of the most permissive approaches to the pandemic—allowing bars, restaurants, theaters and theme parks to operate at full capacity. He has vowed the state would never again implement lockdowns.
Mr. DeSantis says blanket restrictions in a state as large and diverse as Florida are blunt instruments with destructive economic consequences. Because younger people are less prone to serious effects of Covid-19, he argues, safeguards should be aimed at elderly and medically fragile people.
“Focusing protections on the folks who are most vulnerable to disease is our top priority,” he said last month. His office didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Gov. DeSantis is referring to the Focused Protection approach endorsed by legions of epidemiologists, infectious disease experts and other members of the scientific community who have signed The Great Barrington Declaration:
Some excerpts from the Declaration:
Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.
Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.
Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.
The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.
Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.
You can read the entirety of the Great Barrington Declaration here. Maybe Governor Newsom should read it.
Here’s a link to the most up-to-date Newsom Administration directives for what the free citizens of California can and cannot do in the privacy of the homes when friends and family come to call. Not that Governor Newsom abides by them. Apparently, they only apply to the proletarians, not to powerful government officials and lobbyists dining at uber-expensive French restaurants in Napa.