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How Quickly Should Los Angeles Reopen?

Eugene Adams


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How fast should Los Angeles reopen? That is a question that has been on many people’s minds now that the Covid numbers are improving. 

There are two main schools of thought on this issue. One school of thought is to open as quickly as possible. The other is to open cautiously. 

Iowa, Montana, and North Dakota all ended their mask mandates earlier this year. Texas and Mississipi ended their mask mandates last week. All five of these states fall into the “open as quickly as possible” category. 

As Los Angeles residents know well, California falls into the other category. California has a tier system for reopening. So California will reopen businesses much slower than other states. 

The real question is, which way is better?

Covid Plateau?

Los Angeles County is very close to entering the Red tier, which is the second-highest tier. That is a clear sign that things are getting better here. However, there is some worry about the numbers nationally. 

Nationally the numbers of new cases daily have been falling. However, more recently, the 7-day average seems to have leveled off between 60,000 and 70,000.

If the numbers start to drop again, this is no big deal. However, as Dr. Fauci warns, another surge would be “risky.”

Dr. Fauci has been very critical of states that are easing restrictions quickly. He even went as far as to call the actions of Texas and Mississippi “inexplicable.” President Biden’s criticism was even more divisive. He accused both states of “Neanderthal thinking.”

Dr. Fauci did claim that the measures are not meant to be indefinite. He feels like we can ease restrictions gradually as more people are vaccinated. 

“We want the levels of virus very, very low, and then we will have much, much easier time to safely pull back and get the economy and all the other things that we want to be normal.”
Dr. Fauci

Where Do We Go From Here? 

Regardless of how fast your state is improving, the fundamentals are still important. That means masking, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. However, realistically speaking, vaccination is the most important thing right now. The faster we can get Los Angeles residents vaccinated, the faster restrictions will be lifted. 

The good news is that we now have three different vaccines. All three of which appear to be equally effective

My Thoughts

My first thought, which is not particularly important, is how funny it is to hear President Biden accuse people of “neanderthal thinking.” It feels like he spends half his time pretending to want “unity” and the other half insulting his political opponents. 

My second thought is that we don’t know which strategy is the best. Take a look at the four states with the most total Covid cases. 

  1. California 
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. New York

Out of the four, California and New York fit into the more conservative strategy, while Texas and Florida take the opposite approach. 

As Los Angeles residents know all too well at the end of the day, the government will do whatever it wants. Individual people have little to no control over what governments do. This is especially true if you from the minority party in your state. I.E., a Republican in California, or a Democrat in Texas. 

What we can control is our individual behavior. Because let's be honest, Covid restrictions are not being followed 100% anyways. Everyone who goes shopping in Los Angeles sees people not wearing their masks properly or ignoring social distancing. 

Just because your state takes away a mask mandate doesn’t mean you can’t wear one if you want to. Be an adult and make whatever decision you feel is best for you. 

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Certified Personal Trainer | Certified ESL Teacher |I mostly write about all things Southern California, but I also cover national topics.

Los Angeles, CA

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