The press and Democratic politicians continue to wage war on common sense in the name of control.

Coronavirus death rates are declining, and the medical system can handle more severe cases. California Governor Gavin Newsom is rolling back the economic reopening, which will severely hurt many small businesses that were beginning to recover from the initial shutdowns.

Bars, both indoor and outdoor, will be forced to close down statewide. Restaurants are being told to cease indoor operations. Outdoor dining and takeout are still allowed.

All counties also have to close all indoor operations at wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms.

In counties on the state’s watch list — including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties — even more businesses are being required to close their doors. That includes gyms, hair salons, barbershops, other personal care services, indoor malls, offices in non-critical sectors, and places of worship.

Additionally, several of the primary school districts are opening with online-only schedules when school resumes in late August.

California’s two largest school districts announced Monday that they would not be opening its facilities to students in the fall but will resume classes online.

In a letter to parents, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said the nation’s second-largest school district had decided to resume online classes due to a resurgence of the novel coronavirus.

“We made the decision to close school facilities before there was any occurrence of the virus at our schools, and this proved to be the right call,” Beutner said. “Science was our guide then, and it will continue to be. Unfortunately, Covid-19 continues to spread in the Los Angeles area and the virus is going to impact how we start the new school year.”

The decision was made even though several European nations have reopened schools without a surge in cases.

Part of California’s problem with the “surge,” in addition to its ignoring a drop in the fatality rates, is that the coverage is lumping total cases and deaths together…instead of focusing on the trends.

The cumulative case count in the U.S. crossed 3.3 million over the weekend, while the death toll climbed to 135,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. In California, the virus has taken more than 7,000 lives and infected 323,000, including 33,000 cases and 640 fatalities in the Bay Area.

A peak of the Centers for Disease Control weekly COVID-19 death totals reveals a substantially less grim picture. Here are the weekly totals of COVID-deaths nationwide, which show a significant drop from the mid-April highs of 17,000/week.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm

And, if you want to compare annual death totals, here are some real killers to address in California:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/california/california.htm

Looking at the totals, there have been 7,000 pneumonia-like COVID deaths so far, with the rate of death plummeting. And, in 2017, there were about 6300 pneumonia deaths for that year. While needless death is tragic, shutting down the state’s economy for COVID based on the numbers that are occurring seems ill-considered at this time. Furthermore, continued closures will likely lead to far more physical illness and mental health issues due to the consequences of unemployment.

But, no matter. Few people can viral virtual signaling better than Newsom.

“This virus is not going away anytime soon,” the governor said, emphasizing that COVID-19 doesn’t take weekends or the summer months off.

As officials try and curb community spread of the virus, Newsom said that part of the goal in closing indoor spaces is to encourage residents to “take it outside.”

He urged Californians to limit or avoid mixing with people who are not members of their households, but that doing so outside is preferred.

 

 
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