Major City Announces "Life and Death" Stay-at-Home Warning
As experts predicted last fall, the COVID-19 health crisis is spiraling out of control post-holiday season, with some parts of the country being completely overwhelmed with infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. The situation is so bad in Los Angeles—with hospitals full and an positivity rate of over 20 percent—that the county's health department has announced that even leaving the house is a "high risk" activity. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Los Angeles Calls Any Activity Outside the Home a "Matter of Life and Death"
Los Angeles County, home of California's largest city, Los Angeles, surpassed 11,000 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, with more than 1,000 new deaths added in less than a week. Overall, they added 13,512 new cases (840,611 to date), 224 new deaths, and have 7,898 people currently hospitalized as a result of the virus. And, experts are expecting things to go from bad to worse when the surge-upon-surge of the Christmas and New Year's holidays begin to pile up. On Tuesday the LA County Health Department issued a bleak statement on social media, warning that any activity that involves leaving your home puts you at extreme risk of becoming infected with the potentially deadly virus.
"Our actions over the next couple of weeks are a matter of life and death for many," the county public health department tweeted. "Community transmission rates are high and any activity outside your home is high-risk."
Our actions over the next couple of weeks are a matter of life and death for many. Community transmission rates are high and any activity outside your home is high-risk.
Stay home. If outside, keep your face covering on, wash/sanitize your hands and keep distance from others. pic.twitter.com/TwAahqTKd8
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) January 5, 2021
During a Monday briefing, Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer also warned that nothing is safe, urging residents to take extreme caution when leaving the home to run errands. "Assume that this deadly invisible virus is everywhere, looking for a willing host. Don't let that be you or someone you care about," she said.
"We're likely to experience the worst conditions in January that we've faced the entire pandemic — and that's hard to imagine."
According to the county's latest statistics, more than one in five people who are tested for COVID-19 are receiving a positive test, with the number of cases doubling between November 30 and January 2.
"That is a human disaster, and one that was avoidable," Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis added at the health briefing on Monday, warning that the crisis could still deepen "beyond comprehension if the health restrictions in place are not fully obeyed."
As a result of the health crisis, the healthcare system in Los Angeles County is overwhelmed to the point that patients are "filling hallways and gift shops" and ambulances are being instructed to reduce oxygen use and even avoid transporting anyone who has little chance of survival.
How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, stay home if you're instructed to, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.