What happened to California?: “Was California too strict”?

Once seen as a model for managing the pandemic, California is now in crisis.

The Golden State is reporting the fourth-highest rate of new COVID-19 cases per capita in the country, and the state’s hospitals are overwhelmed and considering rationing care. Several regions have gone under new stay-at-home orders in recent weeks, but compliance appears to be low.

How did it all go wrong for the state that issued the nation’s first stay-at-home order in March and imposed some of the country’s toughest restrictions? One possible explanation: The state and its counties have been too strict for their own good.

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“It feels like during this whole pandemic, the people in charge have been acting like this is an experiment in a lab at Stanford,” he said. “It’s all about, ‘How can we win the COVID death rate race,’ with no regard given to any other real-world concern that impacts society like livelihoods, well-beings and mental health.”

Source: As COVID-19 explodes, was California too strict for its own good?

Public health mitigations in California failed and may have worsened the current situation. Read the article.

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