My beloved Los Angeles has crossed the rubicon. The stay in your house, keep the economy on life support, we love telling the little people what to do ethos has been made semi-permanent. The Wuhan virus restrictions shall remain in place until there is a “cure”. Because
science this woman says so.
And this guy.
What began in the name of flattening the curve now continues in perpetuity, or until there is a vaccine. That’s not the premise we began with, is it? See how quickly that happened? Once surrendered, civil liberties are not easily regained.
In all likelihood, there will not be a vaccine before the end of the year. It is possible we may never have one. There has never been a cure for the flu or any other variant of coronavirus. There is only mitigation.
A warm climate and car-oriented sprawl prevented a spike in the curve in Los Angeles. So what now is a power-tripping, virtue-signaling bureaucrat to do?
Mandatory Face Coverings! Anywhere outside your house! Let a militia of Karens go forth to inform on their neighbors…
The LA Times continues to act as though its proper role is that of Mayor Garcetti’s PR firm: “Here Are The Rules” squeals the headline proclaiming his new dispensation. No questions of why, or how long, or what data is underpinning the decision making. No mediating of the public interest, just diktat from court eunuchs.
Let us ask a few questions the Times is incapable of.
-We have never before quarantined healthy people. Why are we doing it now?
-In March, we were told masks were unnecessary. We were also told specifically to go forth and enjoy the sunshine. Why now the masks and restrictions?
-Our only lasting defense, absent a vaccine, is herd immunity. The lockdown prevents that. Show the math that proves we will be healthier at years end without it.
-Has any disease ever successfully been locked away in a cupboard?
-Are the secondary health outcomes of lockdown: depression, substance abuse, sedentary behavior and delayed preventative care, exacting a greater cost than the virus itself?
-If the risk pool is easily identifiable: i.e.; 80-year-olds and obese people with co-morbidities, why isn’t the quarantine limited to them?
-Why are the 58,000 homeless people in LA exempt from the rules, and what does the absence of an outbreak among them tell us?
-Gov. Newsom has set a benchmark of “no deaths for two weeks” before strictures can be lifted. Is such a target possible? What statutory power is he drawing from?
-There are clinical findings coming in daily from around the world that contradict WHO/CDC guidance. Why is clinical data labeled “misinformation” if it is found to be effective?
Speaking of eunuchs…here’s Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania health czar, mandating, as did New York, nursing homes accept Wuhan virus patients. But not before removing her own mother from a nursing home. In what dystopian novel did the villains look like this?
Los Angeles is two cities now. Elites who work from home and rely on delivery while mocking the concerns of the rest of us who have to mix with others in order to obtain a living. For how long is that sustainable, even in a one-party state?
Mr. UpintheValley is full of questions today.