I’m in San Francisco. A month ago it looked like we were going to be the next hotspot. We are the most densely-populated US city outside of the NYC boroughs.
Tomorrow will be four weeks since our lockdown was announced. A few days later will be four weeks since the whole state followed suit.
As I write this, we have had 13 deaths in the city.
Now, we are behind in testing and the real number is certainly higher. Assisting unhoused people was also bungled locally.
But we obviously did something right. We can still fuck it up, but we are doing relatively okay.
So it’s frustrating when my friends started seeing headlines about how it might be because we got herd immunity without knowing it and everyone started analyzing their autumn colds to see if they really might have had COVID-19. I get that, it’s comforting to think you might have already crossed that bridge and survived it.
It all seems like the people pushing the headlines about possible herd immunity are grasping for evidence that it’s okay to reopen everything. Like they’re trying to undermine the importance of social distancing. All the potential death is just a sacrifice to the economy.
There’s also the fact that the turd in office and many of my fellow Americans would rather tens of thousands of people die than to admit California was right about something.