Yesterday, the Big-10 conference suspended or cancelled their football season.
Report: Big Ten will not play in 2020 https://t.co/iICfNLItuh
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 10, 2020
Yesterday, a good chunk of the Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate populations are back on campus.
Yesterday, schools that re-opened last week in Georgia are closing for performative cleaning as community spread is ongoing.
Today, most of Europe is able to go to school, with appropriate precautions, meet with a friend for a drink outside and carry on a life that closely resembles a life that they would have conceived last December.
We can’t do that.
The United States has not systemically crushed community spread. Vermont and Maine each have under 1 new case per 100,000 residents per day. Conneticutt, New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire have between 2 and 4 new cases per 100,000. These states are suppressing community spread to the point where targeted public health interventions can work quite effectively with the current workforce. Everywhere else, we need broad, and crude protective measures as Florida and Georgia each have over 30 new cases per 100,000 residents per day; North Carolina has 16 new cases per 100,000 residents per day, Texas and South Carolina are in the middle of those three states. Most of the Big-10 states are between 11 and 15.
We can’t have anything nice until community spread is crushed.
That means we need to get real. That means we need lots of diagnostic and screening tests. That means we need rapid turn-around. That means we need to support people who are isolating out of an abundance of caution. That means we need to wear masks. That means we need to minimize interactions.
Until we do the work needed to suppress local community spread, we’re just going to be omnishambling along.