Businesses Question California’s Shut Down Tactics in Solving Recent COVID-19 Surge

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Business leaders and policy experts are now openly questioning California’s shut down policies and whether they are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, reports the Associated Press [via KTLA]. California has had a tiered system that allows certain counties to reopen businesses such as gyms, movie theaters, hair salons, and restaurants, depending on positivity rates, cases, hospitalizations, and other factors. LA County has been in the most restricted purple tier, which does not allow indoor dining for restaurants, since the system was instituted in late August. However, some are wondering whether businesses are being unfairly targeted for shut downs when cases are growing due to private social gatherings.

Evidence is mounting that events such as home gatherings, Halloween parties, and even celebrations for sports victories and President-elect Joe Biden have contributed to community transmission. Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of epidemiology at UCLA, thinks it’s not that “most rational approach” to uniformly shut down businesses without contact tracing that supports the closure of those establishments. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, says it’s like taking a “sledgehammer to the problem.”

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Susan

We need to talk about healthcare rationing. When the system is overwhelmed rationing takes place on the back end. Treatment is denied to those that have little chance of recovering. It’s similar to medical triage during war time or a catastrophe. We should save medical resources for those who did their part to prevent the spread of the Pandemic. Folks who adhered to public health guidelines get access to hospitalizations and advanced medical care if the become ill. Those that flaunted public health guidelines don’t get access to medical care when there is a shortage. NO MASK, NO HOSPITAL CARE