I don't have any answers, I am as dumbfounded as the next person. But I have plenty of questions, and I think the entire world is asking similar questions.
I received this email yesterday from my country Supervisor Jim Desmond, who has been beating the drum very loudly to open things up.
Earlier today, I wrote an op-ed in response to Governor Newsom's announcement to open some businesses. This is a small, but good step. But much more needs to be done.Desmond and fellow Supervisor Kristin Gaspar wrote the following letter to the Governor yesterday.
In the past seven weeks, 4.1 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits. In San Diego County, businesses are closing and our unemployment rate is now 26%. And that number does not include the many self-employed, facing dramatically declining income, who have not yet filed. An unemployment rate of 26% is a staggering number. The last time our nation has seen such a number was during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
I’m calling for all restaurants to open, safely on May 21 and other businesses who are willing to follow the safety protocols to do the same. The citizens of San Diego are hardworking, taxpaying residents, who must be treated like adults.
Let’s move forward and get our County open.
The Supervisor, who seems to be a good man, in his usual fashion only looks at the business side of things in his cost benefit analysis, never the health side or at least he doesn't allude to it in his daily missives. Ever. I wrote him the following letter but do not expect an answer for two reasons, one, frankly because I never get a personal response from him and two, because how can anyone honestly answer my question? How many deaths are reasonable?
Great letter, supervisors, but I still wondered about something. You state in your letter to the Governor that "zero deaths and under 25 cases per day is not a reasonable standard for a 14 day period." I have an honest question? How many deaths do sound like a reasonable number to you? Give or take...
Is it ten, a hundred, thousand? How many deaths are necessary, especially deaths that may have been avoided by a longer quarantine period? It is a very tough call. But one would hope that their elected representatives or their experts would have an answer or metric of some kind and be willing to publicly state it and share it with their constituency. Just go on record. How many would be too much?
Fallbrook, by the way, is no longer number one in lowest covid 19 cases per 100,000 residences. We have
four five new cases this week and are now ranked third, behind Alpine and Ocean Beach. Things are not necessarily getting better but we are perhaps getting better at pretending that they are. But there is a huge push to open it up and let the chips fall where they may. Is this rational?
Would love to get your thoughts...