First, I wanted to ask you what you think about the Gavin Newsom government A new focus on the Central Valley.
If you look at the transmission rates in the Central Valley, they are very high.
One of the biggest challenges, especially among our front-line workers, is that they need both personal resources to be able to figure out how to isolate effectively and to ensure that their wages are met if they need to. to take a job abroad.
But also, investment is needed in the sectors that employ these low-wage workers to ensure this is possible.
And we need additional investments, including making sure there is availability testing when public health departments are really hit because of the higher transmission burden.
It’s a little late, frankly, which is the unfortunate thing. But the Central Valley needs attention.
Right – I know from the speech with you and other experts that it is not news that these communities have been vulnerable.
I think what would be challenging for the pandemic in general and for California in particular is that we cannot, as a state and / or as a county, just keep looking at the average effects. We are basically changing our resources.
That’s frustrating. You see that in San Francisco county – we focused on the Latinx community, because our average rates were low. But in all our cities, it was too late to even change testing for where the stuff is happening.
One of the things that strikes in the Central Valley is also, how much our rhetoric has deceived our urban prejudices – like, “Close the beaches, close the bars.”
We should have said, “Being indoors, even when you’re with your family, is bad news.” You can look at the joint settings that our farm workers are experiencing and only know that they were vulnerable.
But something about this pandemic – it seems hard for us to be proactive.
The last time we talked to you she mentioned that they are prudent optimists that this pandemic should show people how interconnected the health of communities is. Do you feel that way?
The thing that makes me optimistic is that people trying to address the pandemic are realizing that we can’t just announce nice public health announcements. There are big structural factors that make it challenging to control, and when things are challenging in one part of our community, the whole community can’t really do the things you want to do and open up.
What makes me pessimistic over time is that there is fatigue with this pandemic, which can make people obsolete in the narrative of “It’s those communities. I can get under control, so what’s the problem? “
The reality is that when our rural counties are overloaded, we carry air to patients to other counties. We are all caring for patients from these countries. And the agricultural sector is an important part of our economy. If it falls from above, it will be something we all pay for.
How do you talk to someone who is trying to navigate risk in their own lives?
One of the things I hear from colleagues in epidemiology is one of the best things public health departments can do is to really go deep. As in the last hundred cases – how did people get it?
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I think we should be communicating to people so that they can start making decisions themselves, as opposed to closing down big sectors of life – that’s the set of thinking we want to be instead of, “All stores of food and food are bad, “or” I can’t connect with anyone. “
The way I think about it is those environments that are closed and in close contact, and especially when you are with a lot of other people, are always more risky environments. And if you’re doing an activity that requires you to remove that mask, that’s a risky thing to do.
Do you think some of these essential sectors have the potential to find reason – to be role models for how people stay safe inside?
I think that’s okay. You will need some enforcement, because there are clearly bad actors.
What I also hope is that the state pouring resources into our low-wage sectors can really allow businesses and community leaders to say, “How can we redesign this? How can we get the people in human homes? “
If we have creative and resource-committed community leaders, we hope they will be able to think about sustainability.
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Here’s what else is going on
Teachers’ associations, including the strong ones in California, are fighting for longer school closures, as well as limits on how far teachers can do at a distance. [The New York Times]
The governor said The backlog of nearly a million unemployment claims could take two months clear. [The Sacramento Bee]
Former Vallejo SWAT team commander said he was forced to leave the city’s distressed police department after raising concerns that officers were recalling a fatal shooting by twisting the points of their badges. [Open Vallejo]
The July Complex fires in the distance in Northern California got bigger than last year’s biggest blaze. It is 127 square miles. [The Mercury News]
Tonight, the Lakers and Clippers will eventually go to court again. [The New York Times]
If you missed the ahem, not affable Cops that got Joe Kelly, the Dodgers’ rest, suspended for eight games, see the clip here. [The New York Times]
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