California Governor Gavin Newsom added San Diego to his growing watchlist of counties that are required to clawback their re-openings due to increasing cases of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, all bars, indoor dining establishments and entertainment areas like museums have closed as per Newsom’s directive. It was a brazenly obtuse move, a giant slap in the face to already struggling business owners who have really been doing their part to keep their places safe, clean and in compliance with the torrent of new, pandemic era regulations.
It’s also not following science.
First, keep in mind that COVID deaths as a percentage of California’s population is .0164325%. For San Diego it’s .00003076%
And yes new infections are up, somewhat dramatically so, as people have become more active and we are testing at enormous rates. The good news is it’s mostly those in their 20s and 30’s whose COVID death rate is in the 0% range and who usually only experience mild to moderate flu like symptoms, if any. Obviously there are tragic outliers but they are not the norm.
Even with older folks up to age 70, if you don’t suffer from a pre-existing condition that makes you more vulnerable to COVID, your chances of dying from it are small, akin to that of dying in a car accident. As renown scientist Dr. John Ioannidis states in this article,
“The death rate in a given country depends a lot on the age-structure, who are the people infected, and how they are managed,” Ioannidis said. “For people younger than 45, the infection fatality rate is almost 0%. For 45 to 70, it is probably about 0.05-0.3%. For those above 70, it escalates substantially.”
The even better news is death numbers and ICU admissions have remained mostly flat. In fact in San Diego where we have 8,0000 hospital beds, there are only 162 COVID related hospitalizations and medical facilities throughout California are only at 8% capacity. There are upticks, which I’ll get in to further down, but they have nothing to do with people enjoying a meal out with friends.
So what gives? Why is Gavin Newsom purposefully harming business owners and shaming constituents who are enjoying life again, while fear mongering over California’s rising new infections?
Part of this I believe is that he is desperate to distract attention from the COVID nursing home slaughter that’s happening across the state and which his own reckless actions of PAYING NURSING HOMES TO ACCEPT COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS have contributed to.
As of this writing there have been 6,573 COVID deaths in California out of a population of 41 million people. 78% percent of those deaths were in people 65 and older and ALMOST HALF were in nursing homes and long term care facilities.
In San Diego the numbers are similar where almost half our 406 COVID deaths have occurred in long term care care facilities with little support from the government . Asks Patricia McGinnis, founder of California’s Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, “We have all these so called elected leaders. Where the hell are they?”
If you’re Governor Newsom, you’re busy hiding from your criminally insane COVID payment incentive. That the Governor introduced this program well after the COVID risks for this population were well known is unfathomable, that he continues it while shaming others over going to bars and restaurants is downright repugnant.
Another taboo topic is Mexico, which Newsom will not touch, because that would mean having to explain why San Diego’s numbers are being wildly skewed by thousands of sick people coming over the border from Mexico.
“It’s an unprecedented surge across the border,” says Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association. People are literally calling 911 once they reach the U.S. border and then taken to San Diego and Imperial County hospitals.
Really I can’t say I blame those coming here for treatment BUT, this doesn’t excuse the refusal from Governor Newsom to acknowledge this being the driving factor behind our surging numbers. And other counties too, as border city patients are being airlifted all across the state.
So in a nutshell, Governor Newsom is silent on COVID nursing home deaths and his role in this, downplaying the low COVID risks for healthy people, pushing a non-existent hospital capacity problem and ignoring border caseload stats to push a panic driven narrative that tightens the screws on his already unprecedented assault on civil liberties.
Oh, he’s also threatened to withhold up to 2.5 billion dollars in funding from counties who don’t abide his closure orders. and he’s deploying Orwellian themed Strike Teams to enforce his directives.
Again, the question is why?
Is it to make California’s economy so bad it necessitates a federal bailout that will delay the state’s pending bankrupt pension fund implosion until after he leaves office? Or to keep people in such a pandemic frenzy that a mandatory and easily gamed mail in voting for the November election becomes reality?
Or is it simply that Gavin Newsom is like any other petty, wanna be dictator out there who craves power, enjoys controlling people and demands respect by the threat of law?
What an all around abysmal failure of leadership from Gavin Newsom. California deserves better.