What States and Cities Are Under Quarantine?
The coronavirus is confusing. There’s a lot to sort out, about what businesses can and can’t do, what residents can and must do, etc.
A lot of it seems mismanaged and punitive on the working family from the word go. At our parent GTKYF Media, we keep an eye on the corruption and shenanigans of those in high places, to advocate for our farms, food, families, and freedom.
The current status of America’s states and cities is pretty much a patchwork of systems. In general, most of New England and coastal Atlantic is in a reopening phase, while Florida is reversing its reopening because of high rates of Corona Virus.
The states with the cleanest bill of health that are completely reopened are clustered in Midwest.
With that said, North Carolina and Indiana have pause their reopening, as have Washington and Oregon. California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and Michigan have all begun reversing reopening procedures.
Some larger cities have created their own quarantine status, like Seattle and New York City, but apart from these massive metropolitan populations, most mayors are going with the state governors although they might not personally like it.
Quarantine and Isolation
Keep in mind that the word ‘quarantine’ is typically use for isolating individuals who are healthy, but may have been exposed to the virus.
By contrast, isolation is used for sequestering people who are actually ill from healthy populations.
Then there’s contact tracing, the ideal that’s never been fully recognized. Contact tracing would theoretically really put the brakes on this disease, but it’s not very practical in most cases, especially given how much people tend to move around.
The consensus by many experts seems to be that reversing reopening procedures into a moderate lock down could bring case rates down while still allowing many people to work in ways that accommodate social distancing.
Businesses are trying to stagger shifts, put workstations 6 feet apart, and take many other kinds of precautions in order to get people back to work with as much safety as possible.
The key is that these rules must be fair, open and transparent. When people begin to distrust the rules, the social cohesion breaks down, and it’s harder to do any kind of planning. It’s going to require working together with the vast diversity of people and stakeholders, and that’s becoming difficult in this environment, because it’s hard for people to trust the experts or the media to tell them the right thing.