And apparently FL is “opening up”.
(But not South FL, which is where I live. The ‘still-closed’ region includes the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade — about 1/3 of the state’s population.)
Are we ready, as a state? I am not entirely convinced. Totally get that keeping the state (or country) shut down for the entire year is not feasible. But I don’t know — the IHME Healthdata predictive model for our state (below) uses the assumption that relaxing of social distancing on June 22 would allow for a rather safe-looking summer prediction.
County case #s via FL’s health department dashboard:
I mean, it does look like things are moving in the right direction since 4/16. Great! But it also looks like there is . . . just still a lot of coronavirus here. I am glad South Florida is staying “closed” for now. I do wonder if people from more impacted areas are going to flock to “open” areas and do touristy beachy things (as one does in FL). That will be great for commerce I am sure, but not for infection control.
I am in no hurry to go out to dinner with a mask on. Maybe some are, but it just seems so unappealing to me. If I have to think that hard about infection control . . . I’d rather not do ‘optional’ things.
Going to see patients at work in a mask = fine.
Getting groceries in a mask = okay.
Going to a party in a mask = no.
I have largely kept my opinions about open vs shut out of this space because:
a) I do not feel that I am an expert in what ‘should’ happen
b) things have been largely closed for weeks, so there hasn’t been much to think about
c) this blog is about my experience, and not politics or even health topics unless they are personally relevant to me
BUT I guess I will say now that I hope our state does not rush the south portion.
In non-COVID news – it’s almost a new month! I’d review my April goals except . . . I never set any. And that’s okay. (I have my COVID-19 goals list to fall back on, anyway).
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BB Time (almost finished with 21DFX – my review to come). Then a 7 am work meeting (too early) and another telemed day. (I will say that yesterday’s tele went well and I am happy to be getting more efficient at the process.)