The second wave of the 1918 flu was far worse than the first. People, buoyed up by the apparent success of their quarantines, flooded into public spaces, triggering a wave that hit a world whose medical staff and resources were in tatters.
Dr Sara Cody is Sta Clara County's health officer, a prescient health official who triggered the first lockdown in California, saving untold lives.
She's publicly condemned the state's plan to allow gatherings of up to 100 people.
More broadly, she has condemned statewide relaxation of quarantine requirements as dangerously premature: "Reopening so fast means there isn’t enough time to implement new procedures to make reopened activities safe."
The evidence of premature reopening is manifest here in LA County - large groups of unmasked people bunched up on the trails in Griffith Park, kids playing in city parks in Burbank. We abandoned a hike in Angeles Forest last week when we saw hundreds of people on the trails.
A friend who went to check on their Tahoe cabin last weekend reported crowds in restaurants and bars - teens methodically handling every pair of sunglasses in a tourist store's rack, trying them on for selfies.
A second wave will obliterate the shared sacrifice of weeks in lockdown, making the lives and fortunes lost all in vain.
But of course, that sacrifice was not equally shared: "the people that are going to be hurt the most are people who are living in places where they’re working low-wage jobs, they live in crowded households, they may have less access to care."
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