Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Update: CoViD-19 and San Diego


When I woke up this morning, I declared out loud to my family, "nobody leaves this house for any reason unless and until we need something from the store." I've spent the last three or four nights getting even more sucked into Twitter and Facebook and news updates than usual. Hours after my declaration, Nova asked if she could play with a friend, I reiterated the lockdown. I did a big shopping trip on Wednesday, and another on Thursday. We went to the Safari Park on Friday, stopping at a taco shop and a donut shop on our way. That night I went to the Casbah and then the Ken Club.

In spite of getting needed supplies, and supporting businesses, and a really, really great show, I've felt nothing but guilty about all my non-essential trips. (Except Safari Park, which was so empty because of the rain that social distancing was most definitely not a problem.) Darren continued to drive Uber customers on Saturday, and now the thought of anyone being in our car besides us sickens me. Like most people, this is going to be a huge financial hit. He can't work, but he's also not protected to receive unemployment benefits. I don't know which of my incomes will continue and if I can carry my family on what's left. But for now, we have essentials and we're home and we don't plan on going anywhere.

In the time since my last CoViD post, obviously many more events have canceled or postponed, public spaces like the San Diego public library, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Sea World, and even Disneyland have closed. Bars are closing until further notice, including the Casbah. Some have the arbitrary date through March 31st, others through April 6th, but two weeks could very easily turn into two months, according to a conversation with Assemblywoman Toni Atkins that a friend of mine happened to overhear.

Whatever continues from here on out, I'll add some more resources to this post with updates as I hear or read them.

California Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
World Health Organization (WHO) WHO Myth Busters
Centers for Disease Control - How it spreads
Dogs and the New Coronovirus - A Resource for Pet Owners from Rover
Travel Resource from TripAdvisor


CDC has now recommended no gatherings over 50 people for 8 weeks. 

Guidance as of 3/15/2020

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. 
Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. 
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual. 
This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

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