California covid-19 cases rise as people flout safety guidelines

After initially managing to bring the covid-19 infection rate down in California, the state I live in, and the state started to open up a bit, there has been a disturbing resurgence in cases, similar to rises seen in other states. It has not been statewide but mainly in certain counties. This has resulted in the governor Gavin Newsom ordering restrictions on behavior.

Newsom issued an order requiring nearly all Californians to wear masks in public last week, but the policy has met resistance in some parts of the state. In some of the counties where cases and hospitalizations have swelled, local officials have scaled back requirements to wear face masks in public amid rebellion. In Fresno county, a face mask rule was in place for a day before it was pulled back. In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, officials have flagged an increase in social gatherings as one of the main reasons cases and hospitalizations are rising. Both counties eased mask-wearing rules after public outcry.

In Orange county, the top health officer resigned after being harassed and receiving death threats over her countywide face mask order. Her replacement rescinded the order after pressure from the local board of supervisors.

“It really hasn’t helped that you’ve had some of these groups thinking that wearing a face mask is the first step in tyranny or communism,” said David Hayes-Bautista, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The recommendations are not that onerous so it is astonishing that some people treat them as unbearable intrusions on their liberty. It is clear that it is not the nature of the restrictions that bother them but that these people see any restrictions at all on their ‘freedom’ to do as they wish as intolerable, even if their actions risk harming others. Of course, any society has all manner of restrictions in the name of public safety (driving rules for example) but for some reason, these health rules are seen as particularly oppressive. It has to do with Trump making it a culture war issue. If he had endorsed the safety guidelines and followed them, we would not have this issue. But because of his attitude, Republicans are more likely than others to not wear masks when they come into contact with others.

As far as I am aware, the area I live in has not seen a surge and I see people following the safety protocols.

Meanwhile, the government has warned that certain brands of hand sanitizers contain methanol that could be toxic so should not be used. Only ethanol-based sanitizers are recommended.


  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    These people will surely also refuse evacuation orders when wildfires sweep through their neighborhoods, and insist on driving over (or under!) bridges declared unsafe after earthquakes.

    The Darwin Awards crew will need multiple new categories, and a big boost in staffing.

  2. Holms says

    But because of his attitude, Republicans are more likely than others to not wear masks when they come into contact with others.

    Also because of this attitude, Republicans are set to die in higher numbers than Democrats. Which they will probably take as proof that the pandemic was a worldwide conspiracy aimed at Republicans in the first place.

  3. Who Cares says

    See the link below to this article to “What else happened in Tulsa”. They are already in that mode, the epidemic was timed like this to get rid of Trump.

  4. Matt G says

    Who Cares@4- Thank you, God! I’m not crazy about Your methods, though (although You DO have a long history of mass killings to achieve Your ends…).

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