Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID-19 and San Diego

It is impossible to know the right protocol in these unprecedented times. As someone who reads way too much on Twitter, I've certainly been experiencing increased anxiety over COVID-19, aka the novel coronavirus, though probably least concerning is the illness itself and more concerning is the panic and financial hardship my family and millions of others will be facing as resources become taxed and unavailable. I'm trying to track all the cancellations and notifications while also keeping abreast on the actual impact in numbers, and it's just too much. However, I can at least share some information and resources that I've encountered so you can do the best to keep yourself and your family safe, informed, and healthy.


San Diego County Order of the Public Health Officer (effective 12am 3.13.2020)
California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates
Gathering Guidance 
CA Employment Development Department
San Diego County COVID-19
US Gov CDC
KPBS- Tracking Coronovirus
Voice of San Diego Pandemic Information
Bloomberg Prognosis - Health Information
KCRW (LA) Coronovirus Reference Sheet
JamBase Concert Cancellations & Postponements
Cons, Crud, and Coronavirus - An Essay By Kelly Lagor
COVID-19 in California by the Numbers (SOURCE): 
As of March 12, 2020, 7 a.m. Pacific Time, there are a total of 198 positive cases and four deaths in California: 24 cases are from repatriation flights.
The other 174 confirmed cases include 60 that are travel related, 43 due to person-to-person transmission, 44 are community acquired (map of community transmission by county in California- PDF) and 27 are from unknown sources. Of all the confirmed positive cases:
Age 0 – 17: 4 cases
Age 18 – 64: 113 cases
Age 65+: 79 cases
Unknown: 2 cases

Still open:
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

Closures until further notice:

San Diego Opera
San Diego Symphony
La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Playhouse
California Center for the Arts Escondido
The Old Globe
Cygnet Theatre
Pechanga Arens- Gulls, Seals, Sockers all canceled
Kobey's Swap Meet
Concerts at Pechanga Casino & Resort
LiveNation has suspended all arena tours
**The County of San Diego has mandated cancellation of all events over 250 people effective through March 31st.

Cancellations:
San Diego Latino Film Festival and all related activities
Kinky Friedman @ Casbah
Delta Spirit @ Belly Up
St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade
shamROCK 2020
Viva Las Vegas 2020
SXSW 2020


Postponements:
Coachella
Delicate Steve @ Casbah
Best Coast Beer Fest
North Park Beer Fest
Rolando Street Fair
Whose Live Anyway @ California Center for the Arts Escondido

How can people protect themselves (SOURCE)?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.
  • Replace handshakes with smiles and elbow bumps to avoid unnecessary contact.

Reading:
The Atlantic: Cancel Everything

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