San Francisco Bay Area economy enters a three-week lockdown

The San Francisco Bay Area economy enters a three-week lockdown at midnight in order to slow the spread of the
COVID-19 coronavirus, with six regional counties directing residents to keep to their homes as much as possible.

As of Monday morning, Bay Area counties were reporting 273 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with six deaths total in California.

Bay Area lockdown. Image: Apple Union Square
Apple Union Square (file photo: Apple Inc.)

Reuters reports:

The six counties under the lockdown order accounted for $877 billion of economic output in 2018. That’s about 30% of California’s economy, the biggest in the United States. That makes the collective economy of the six counties bigger than Sweden, and nearly the half the size of all of Italy, whose residents went under a similar lockdown a week ago.

Some public sector jobs, including police and firefighters, as well as healthcare, utilities and sanitation workers, will be allowed to carry on as usual. So will grocery stores and food delivery, including take-out.

Technology looms large: Apple, Google Inc.-parent Alphabet, Facebook and Intel are the Bay Area’s biggest companies by market capitalization. They were among the first to ask employees to work from home.

The Bay Area has 28,000 people who do not have permanent places to live, the third-largest homeless population in the country… The homeless are exempt from the order to remain at home, although cities say they are making efforts to shelter them.

MacDailyNews Note: More info on the Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) via the U.S. CDC is here. Track the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) here.

19 Comments

  1. Oh, come off it. They have made their bed with the idiocy of their policy. It should probably be telling that the most lawless liberal cities are the only purple ones on the virus map. Yes, they are populous – except Washington state. It isn’t nearly as large as the others, and progressive Colorado is creeping up on them, also not nearly as large a population. They did this to themselves, not China, not Trump. They’ll get through it just like everyone. That their cost of living is too absurd for most has nothing to do with anything but the seeds they’ve themselves planted. Honestly: what did they expect? I feel for the small business people, I really do. They don’t have much recourse, and it sucks.

        1. Yes, San Francisco has endemic problems due to the rampant dingbat Lib mentality, but that is no reason to act like they deserve this. They do deserve a big wakeup call, but not death.

          The problem here is that the CHINESE CORONAVIRUS (yes, I said it, Libs, and, no, I’m not a racist – look up the real meaning of the word) was covered up by the Chicoms for MONTHS.

          This is CHINA’s responsibility and they should ultimately pay. Hint: Debt forgiveness for all nations to which Chinese debt is held as restitution for destroying the world’s economy by trying to keep the CHINESE CORONAVIRUS a secret until it was out of control and too late for the world to act to nip it in the bud.

          1. Amen to that, whole hardheartedly agree that China should pay for the damage it has caused. However the way this are, China will get off without any punishment

          2. Fair’s fair. So you agree that the H1N1 virus, erroneously labled ‘the Spanish Flu, should be renamed the Kansas Flu Pandemic which infected over a quarter of the world’s population and killed maybe 50million maybe more. It included over 40 of my grandfather’s brethren and boy, would he make you swallow your words.
            But really, what else did I expect? Having swallowed the latest Fox meme ‘the Chinese Virus’ as a blame shifting strategy to deflect from their chronic failure to recognise the reality of the Coronavirus epidemic and that nobody swallowed the Democratic 2nd Impeachment/MSM plot hogwash. “Let’s go on the attack to protect our hero’s quite imbecilic lack of action”
            So China is the new bogeyman. Obvious is as obvious does.
            I doubt you are interested but you should be aware that they are anonymously named Covid-19, H1N1, SARS and so on to ‘avoid’ stigmatising the nation where the first sizeable outbreak occurs SINCE it is all but impossible to pinpoint any virus’s true origin.
            But you go ahead, plough your xenophobic furrow, protect the hive. It’s clear evidence of terror and panic that you have nothing else to offer that in anyway helps this crisis.

            1. FACTS ABOUT THE CHINESE CORONAVIRUS:

              The first COVID-19 case happened in November, China government records show. The first case of someone suffering from COVIDid-19 can be traced back to November 17, 2020.

              The report, in the South China Morning Post, said Chinese authorities had identified at least 266 people who contracted the virus last year and who came under medical surveillance, and the earliest case was 17 November – weeks before authorities announced the emergence of the new virus.

              The Chinese government was widely criticised over attempts to cover up the outbreak in the early weeks, including crackdowns on doctors who tried to warn colleagues about a new SARS-like virus which was emerging in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province.

              A 55-year-old from Hubei province could have been the first person to contract Covid-19. For about one month after that date there were one to five new cases reported each day, the report said, and by 20 December there were 60 confirmed cases.

              Doctors who tried to raise the alarm with colleagues about a new disease in late December were reprimanded. Authorities did not publicly concede there was human-to-human transmission until 21 January.

              It’s widely accepted, including by the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention that the virus originated in Wuhan, China.

              https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/first-covid-19-case-happened-in-november-china-government-records-show-report

            2. And furthermore:

              Too much MSDNC. Try thinking for yourself sometime. Currently, you sound stupid. Your poor media consumption habits are likely the culprit.

              If a patient has symptoms of a urinary tract infection, they go to the doctor. The pee in a cup. In a fairly short period of time the doctor comes into the room. They tell the patient they do indeed have a urinary tract infection. Then the doctor prescribes an antibiotic that is effective against a large number of bacteria that commonly cause urinary tract infections.

              The patient received a screening test in the doctor’s office. We have these for common illnesses like seasonal varieties of the flu and strep throat. We do not have a test like this for COVID 19 yet. According to Dr. Birx, the Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, an effective in office screening test for the virus is probably six months away.

              What you may not know, is the urine sample is then sent to a lab to be cultured. The bacteria is identified. This ensures the antibiotic you received will effectively kill the specific bacteria causing your infection. The doctor changes your medication if it is not effective for the bacteria that was found.

              The part of the sample that is sent off to the commercial lab is evaluated in a high throughput test. This test is automated to identify a specific bacteria or virus. It does this by looking for specific markers such as unique proteins. Depending on the test, this can take hours or several days. This is where we are heading this week with COVID 19. In order to conduct tests at the volume required for people displaying COVID 19 symptoms, an automated test had to be developed and distributed to the high volume commercial labs.

              Because the symptoms of COVID 19 can mimic an allergy attack, a cold or the the flu, the volume of potential subjects needing to be tested far exceeded the capability of the manual tests the CDC, state labs and university labs were conducting. This has been explained in painstaking detail by the Task Force. Yet the media that you choose to consume has obviously not explained this to you at all.

              By the coverage you would think the same test the CDC was doing just needed to be given to the commercial labs. This is simply untrue. The CDC had the capacity to process only 40-60 tests a day using the manual method. State and university lab capacity would be about the same. They were operating under the Flu Surveillance Program until the regulatory structure was relaxed in short order to pursue more innovative solutions. The previous protocol was simply not adequate for the current challenge.

              The development of an automated high throughput test will exponentially increase this capacity as they come on line this week. According to the Task Force press conference, the development of this test has been underway for a period of weeks and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in an astounding five hours.

              It is in the process of being distributed to 2,000 of the largest commercial labs. The predicted turn around time is 24 hours through the automated test. It was several days not including transport through the CDC, state and university labs. There was an issue with the testing media in some of the initial CDC tests, but that was weeks ago and continuing to conflate this with where we are today is dishonest and deliberate. Surely they’re doing just that on your favorite disinformation outlet. Your news consumption choices are making you sound stupid.

              In addition to the high-throughput tests, the Public Health Service in conjunction with FEMA has developed a detailed plan to conduct the tests at scale. These testing sites will roll out first in the areas with the most community spread. Then they will roll out nationally. In a historic public-private partnership, corporations like Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens will devote portions of their parking lots to set up testing sites.

              This serves two purposes. First, it helps prevent further spread by not requiring people to enter waiting rooms and hospitals to be tested. It also helps prevent stress on the healthcare system by distributing testing facilities broadly and off-site. In those areas that have conducted a large number of tests, the COVID infection rate is between 1-2% of tests. If 100% of those tested arrived at a hospital, the wait would be hours. It would also interfere with emergency care for patients with other health issues. The infected 1-2% would also be exposing much larger numbers of people if traditional health sites were uses.

              The Coronavirus Task Force has learned from the experience of other nations that experienced outbreaks prior to the United States. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has been granted emergency authorities by President Trump to manage the crisis. The HHS has a complete inventory of the healthcare assets we have, including those held by Department of Defense and other agencies. We are protecting our healthcare facilities and personnel by taking testing off site. However, Azar says we must plan for the worst in any event.

              Most of the patients with COVID-19 will not require hospitalization or specialized care. Azar said one lesson learned is to limit the number of facilities where these patients are housed. This may include community hospitals and even mobile hospitals or MASH units used by the military. This limits the need to protect uninfected patients and limits the number of healthcare providers who could be exposed.

              In addition, vaccines are in various stages of testing in the United States, Israel, and Australias. This is happening in record time. Three medications are also already in use to help mitigate the symptoms of the infection. One is a new medication developed for SARS 9 (also a coronavirus) that is being used off label for COVID-19. The other two are generic medications that have been used for years to treat malaria and severe inflammation.

              As testing rolls out, not everyone needs a test. If you are asymptomatic, the task Force asks you to follow the guidance from the CDC and your state and local governments. This is so those in the most vulnerable populations can be tested quickly and efficiently. Also, our supply chains for food and other necessary items are intact. Both the Task Force and the executives from the retail groceries are asking everyone to do normal weekly shopping. Store hours may be modified to provide for deep cleaning and stocking, but they will remain open.

              With increased testing, we will see an increase in the number of cases. This makes sense as testing scales up to cover large portions of the population. This was seen in every country that has scaled testing and you should not be unnecessarily alarmed if you see sensational coverage.

              The Coronavirus Task Force is full of career health professionals who have been working to protect public health for decades. They are giving daily press conferences to update Americans that may not be broadcast on news channels. However, you can go to the White House Youtube channel and see if a press conference is scheduled for today and set a notification so you may watch and be properly informed for a change:

              https://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse

              Adapted from a March 16, 2020 article by Stacey Lennox here.

            3. @First 2014, Then 2016

              USA American infectious specialist Dr Ian Lipkin who was in China at the
              start of the outbreak and went through it in China said The Chinese were transparent once they identified the disease:

              This is what he said to PBS on his return to USA:
              “But if they were not being transparent, they would have told us the numbers were going down long before they did. Everyone knows that there’s no way to contain this kind of information anymore. You have to be transparent. So, that also is good. ”

              REMEMBER he was IN CHINA helping to identify and fight the outbreak from the START.

              Also in FoxNews Interview (see below), he says a lot of the things that happened only looks particularly bad in retrospect, at the moment a lot of things weren’t clear.

              Example look at your criticism for the Chinese taking so long to determine “human to human ” transmission. It looks bad and obvious now.

              But many viruses aren’t transmitted human to human or human to human alone. One vector for MERS was CAMELS. They finally found it and had camel vaccine. Dengue, West Nile virus etc had vectors like mosquitoes. Swine Flu pigs.

              Imagine the current USA admins trying to figure this out. Would they have taken a few weeks like the Chinese?

              Regardless the USA and other countries were informed by China by late December of new SARS like infection.

              By late February , just a few months after first detection, the Chinese had contained the outbreak and it was in down trend.

              Even though the knew of the novel coronavirus in January , by March the USA Admin didn’t even have TESTS.

              Sure there were Chinese mistakes, some attempts at down playing the disease when there were a few case, the arrest of the doctor by authorities in Wuhan, Xi and the Chinese even admit it but it’s not ‘months’ and it doesn’t excuse the lack of preparation of the West. When the Chinese federal government heard of the Wuhan mess by the locals they took over decisively , removed the local guys and took over.

              Here again is the FoxNews interview of the American infections expert Dr Ian Lipkin who saw it all from China explaining the difficulties :

              https://video.foxnews.com/v/6141610029001#sp=show-clips

        2. In the Silicon Valley, millionaires are libs. Libertarians are homeless selfish bums. But never having left your mama’s basement, you would not understand that DumbDork.

        3. It’s not legal to shit on the street. It is a well established fact that assholes like you don’t want to have rules/regulations or abide by them. That is why cities have an enormous task to maintain order while you in hicksville never think there’s a problem that cannot be solved with a good ol’ traditional lynchin’. Or the modern equivalent, since keyboard warriors like you are actually too lazy to get your hands dirty.

        1. Yup, James certainly confused facts, fantasy theories and a glob of hateful and unsympathetic schadenfreude. I can see the attraction for you. In which case you can share the award ok?

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