COVID? What COVID?
California is substantially open. Many are living as if COVID-19 were gone. That’s a big “if.” We are not close to vaccinating everybody, because of limits on both supply and demand. So why are we living as if it were already gone?
Los Angeles, which, only weeks ago was the world’s COVID hot spot, is open. Masks are still required, and the tables are spread apart, but more and more of us feel free to return to something approaching normalcy because we’ve been vaccinated.
Indeed, even though the rollout has been rocky, to be polite, a significant segment of the population has been invited to sit in their cars or stand in line for a while and get a shot, after a year of isolation and fear.
Most people I know over 65 have been vaccinated. Of course, most people I know are white or Asian, the two groups most open to getting vaccinated. This has translated into the placement of almost all the big vaccination sites in Hispanic and Black neighborhoods, but the people in line are far more diverse.
A lot of people I know are in education, and most of them have been vaccinated, too. I can’t help but publicly commend the University of Southern California, where I have taught for decades, which has done a spectacular job of vaccinating all of its employees, as well as providing the staff and organization for the sites run for the city by the Los Angeles Fire Department.