Apple temporarily closing Los Angeles area retail stores due to COVID-19

Apple is again temporarily closing its Los Angeles-area stores as COVID-19 cases rise in the area. The move marks the first time in several months that Apple has shut retail locations in one of America’s most populated metro areas.

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Apple The Grove in Los Angeles

Mark Gurman for MacRumors:

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has several stores in Los Angeles, including major outlets at The Grove and Beverly Center shopping centers, Santa Monica and the Glendale area.

On its website, Apple said it is closing 11 local stores beginning Saturday and two stores Friday. It didn’t say when they would re-open.

Los Angeles has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks… Other hard hit regions in California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, have yet to see Apple stores close again.

MacDailyNews Take: After temporarily closing Los Angeles area Apple retail stores, we wouldn’t be surprised if the San Francisco Bay and other areas didn’t follow soon.

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  1. Super-spike in L.A. I’m glad to see how they enjoyed their group Thanksgiving dinners believing they had absolutely nothing to fear from CoViD-19. I honestly don’t understand how people can be so frivilous by not wearing masks or social distancing. It appears that here in NYC, there are going to be business shutdowns in January 2021 due to likely Christmas shopping. Oh, well. People have to celebrate the Christmas holiday even if it puts many people at risk. They’d rather just ignore the mayor and the governor’s warnings about not going out unless absolutely necessary.

    May I just add, have a Happy CoViD-19 Christmas to all the Coronavirus deniers out there.

        1. As well as a Happy Christmas who don’t think race is playing a part in infection and death rates. We should be prioritizing places where the vaccine will stop the most transmissions. That happens to be nursing homes, first responders, and communities of color.

          Those communities have more housing density, more multigenerational households, less access to medical resources and healthy food, and a higher percentage of essential workers in the medical, food, and transport industries. To ignore those facts is to suggest that lives in those communities matter less than the lives of those who can afford to telecommute from the comfort of single-family homes on large lots.

          Of course it could be argued that Trump supporters should be vaccinated first, since they are the least likely to wear masks or avoid superspreader events.

          1. Happy Conflation Day to Mr. Conflation himself…as no one, no one and no one, said Trump supporters should be vac’d first. In fact no one, no one, and no one, brought up Trump, but this spike that’s firmly planted in your back side continues to release things from the depths of your mind that aren’t applicable, or pertinent.

            The lawlessness of Somalia rages on in your head, along side of the 30-40 armed men (terrorists) in pick-ups.

          2. Racist TxLiar is back at his disinformation campaign that “communities of color” are greatest at risk. Well, those communities are in blue cities run by Democrats for decades something the partisan Democrat failed to mention.

            “Of course it could be argued that Trump supporters should be vaccinated first, since they are the least likely to wear masks or avoid superspreader events.”

            Total fu*kin PARTISAN LIE!!! You are a LIAR and DISGRACE to what is going on and President Trump and project “Warp Speed” made the vaccines happen in RECORD TIME! Dr. Faucci said Summer 2021 and thre rest of the liberal media mocked President Trump vaccines would be ready in 2020.

            Well no matter, Your partisan bullsh*t and suspension of the facts cannot change reality. President followed through and Democrat’s like you have absolutely NOTHING positive to contribute as usual…

            1. Count down four posts to mine on El Paso, Texas. It had a Republican mayor and Republican governor who fought mandatory mask and distancing rules. It also has 1284 deaths out of a 682,000 population (91%+ of the deaths in minority communities). That is 188 per 100,000 population.

              San Francisco, California had a Democrat mayor and Democrat governor who imposed strict rules very early in the game. It has had 176 deaths out of a population of 882,000, for a Covid fatality rate of less than 22 per 100,000 (again, a majority of the deaths are in minority communities).

              So, having a Republican or Democratic mayor is not a significant factor. The level of poverty and compliance with public health guidance is.

    1. These people who are denying COVID and ignoring the restrictions have helped make this the pandemic that 99.88% of those who get it survive with no problems. It is literally killing .0012% of the old and sick who have pneumonia and cancer and strokes and heart attacks and gunshot wounds. These people are awful. Apple, if it had a soul, would discontinue all sales of all products until COVID is defeated.

      1. Apple workers sitting home will contribute to the cessation of COVID, and it won’t contribute to home foreclosures, evictions, mental health issues, because they can just live off their money in the bank, or maybe they can put in a claim to the estate of Steve Jobs.

        1. Plus they won’t be spreading a dangerous virus that might otherwise infect fools who are unwilling to protect themselves. And they will themselves be safe from the criminally negligent who insist on participating in superspreader events. You can thank them later.

          If you survive.

            1. Not true. The infection fatality rate for COVID-19 is 1.77%. For comparison, the rate for influenza last flu season was 0.1%. 17X is a substantial difference.

              Since February, roughly 10% of all reported deaths in the US have involved the coronavirus. Early on, when most cases were in nursing homes, the median age of infected people was quite high, but by July it had dropped to 38. Currently, there are more people in their 20s infected than people in their 70s or 80s. Yes, older patients have a higher mortality rate, but they usually caught it from somebody younger, and the rate of serious illness among younger adults is quite substantial.

              This is not a minor threat. It has killed 323,000 of our fellow Americans in ten months or less. You need to get a grip!

      2. Kent, I have family in El Paso, Texas, which has 682,000 residents and 1284 coronavirus deaths—0.18% of the total population. There have been 94,918 positive tests, for a case fatality rate of 1.35%. That is hardly “0.0012% of the old and sick.” The group of El Pasoans with the most positive tests are people in their 20s. The median age of COVID-19 patients is 42. 91% of those who have died are minority-group members.

        To the extent that people are relying on your misinformation to make decisions, you are putting them at risk. That is not acceptable behavior in a civilized society.

        1. Oh, and in case you were curious, the Mayor of El Paso during most of this period was Dee Margo, who was a Republican following the guidelines promulgated by Greg Abbott, our Republican Governor and Donald Trump, our Republican President. Can’t blame this one on the other party.

          1. Curious. When I look at the CDC site, I see that there are 17,794,629 cases and 315,392 deaths, which is a raw case fatality rate of 1.77%. Again your figure of “0.0012% of the old and sick” is off by three orders of magnitude. Your claim that 99.88% survive it (I.e. a case fatality rate of 0.12) is also substantially incorrect. Ah, but your actual claim is that 99.98% survive with no problems. Apparently you do not consider a lengthy hospital stay and lingering symptoms (which affect about ten times as many patients as die) as a problem. I think that those patients and their families would disagree.

            This is not the seasonal flu, no matter how many times you repeat that falsehood.

            1. Only in your Bizarro Universe is a disease that kills 1.77% of those who catch it less lethal than one that killed 0.1% of those who caught it last flu season, and a disease that has killed 75,000 Americans under 65 one that does not harm the young.

      3. Where in the world are you getting your statistics? It’s pretty clear that the fatality rate for Covid-19 is somewhere around 2 percent of those infected, while maybe 10-15% require hospitalizations, often for weeks. Your efforts to trivialize this disease are as disingenuous, not to mention dangerous for the hundreds of thousands who have already died, and the hundreds of thousands who are GOING to die before vaccines turn the tide.

        1. The survival rate for people under 70 per the CDC is 99.8%. People over 90 have a survival rate over 90% per the CDC. I get my stats from the CDC.

          Here is a recent news bit from the San Francisco Chronicle

          “Drug overdoses have killed 621 people in San Francisco this year, nearly four times as many as have been killed by COVID-19, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.”

          Let’s see, we are killing the national economy because old people near death and with pneumonia and diabetes and heart disease are dying WITH COVID, not OF COVID, but more people are dying of drug overdoses and idiots like TXUSER are probably for drug legalization while insisting everyone stop all activity to fight COVID. Pure unadulterated stupidity.

          1. You are simply making this stuff up. I quoted the current CDC data above. The case fatality rate is 1.7%, not 0.2%. The case fatality rate for seasonal flu is less than 0.15%; in some years, it is less than 0.1%. Covid mortality is therefore up to 17X higher. Moreover, most people who survive flu do not require hospitalization or suffer long-term health deficits. Over 10% of those who contract the novel coronavirus do.

            San Francisco locked down early and hard. Its residents have been careful about social distancing and mask wearing. So, it has only lost 176 people to COVID-19, for a low death rate of about 22 per 100,000 people. Los Angeles County, where there has been less compliance, has 8875 deaths for a death rate four times higher than San Francisco, 88 per 100,000. Riverside County, which is mostly rural but has been hostile to social distancing, has a death rate of 70 per 100,000. The low coronavirus death rate in San Francisco is an argument for following public health advice on the coronavirus, not for ignoring it.

    2. I live in a county where Covid is consistently the highest in the state for months. Everywhere I go people are social distancing and wearing masks. So please spare us the pious mask LECTURE.

      So, possibly masks don’t work is the only plausible explanation. On Dr. Michael Savage show months ago he had a guest with a doctorate degree at John Hopkins and never forget the analogy.

      Brand new masks at best at 60% effective. The bad is the virus is a half micron in size and masks allow 50 microns to pass through. The good Doctor went on to make an analogy a mask is like erecting a chain link fence to stop mosquitoes.

      Oh, you did not hear that from the NY Times or CNN? Gee, what a surprise…

      1. I did hear that from them, actually. They do not emphasize it because the masks in common use were never designed to block individual virus particles or even the smallest aerosol droplets hanging in the air. They prevent transmission of the larger droplets emitted directly from the nose and mouth before they break down into an aerosol. They aren’t much use for protecting the wearer himself outside 6-10 feet because the larger drops cannot go that far. Their primary effect is thus to protect others against the wearer.

        They are not completely effective at that, either, but they are effective enough to substantially reduce outward transfer of the virus. A lower virus loading in the air, like a shorter period of exposure, means a lower chance of infection. N95 masks are far more effective, obviously, but—as the name suggests—they are only guaranteed to block 95% of particulates and then only when they are worn with an airtight seal around the mask. The lower virus loading makes it less likely for the wearer to be infected, but not impossible.

        You may be seeing masks and distancing everywhere you go, but I can guarantee that the overall rate of compliance in your county is fairly low or it would not have such a high infection rate. In California, San Francisco has a fatality rate ¼ of Los Angeles (22 rather than 88 per 100,000) and there is no obvious explanation of that aside from public health compliance.

        1. You are full of sh*t as usual. You know nothing about my county. Masks are partially effective is the point and certainly not the answer. What part do you not understand?…

      1. While you are not an awful person, just the dupe of a homicidal cult that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. It was a truism among prosecutors that the drunk drivers who caused fatal accidents were rarely killed themselves. It was usually innocent third parties.

        The same seems true of virus deniers—since they don’t give a squat about other human beings they avoid professions like healthcare and personal service that are most affected. Since they are followers of the Cult Leader, they are also unlikely to be members of the ethnic communities being most heavily affected. So they can go merrily on their way promoting superspreading without being affected themselves.

        Perhaps if drunks and coronavirus deniers were among the first to die, they would modify their behavior. Perhaps not, as science deniers generally cannot wrap their minds around either facts or logical deduction from facts.

    1. From the National Institutes of Health:

      Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the replication of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in cell cultures. However, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies suggest that achieving the plasma concentrations necessary for the antiviral efficacy detected in vitro would require administration of doses up to 100-fold higher than those approved for use in humans. Even though ivermectin appears to accumulate in the lung tissue, predicted systemic plasma and lung tissue concentrations are much lower than 2 µM, the half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro.

      Ivermectin is not approved for the treatment of any viral infection, including SARS-CoV-2 infection. The FDA issued a warning in April 2020 that ivermectin intended for use in animals should not be used to treat COVID-19 in humans.

        1. MDN,
          We have established that people here are allowed to use racial epithets (“Pocahontas”, for example). So now you are allowing demeaning terms for persons on the autism spectrum.

          You better hope that they never repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or somebody suffering the intentional infliction of emotional distress from one of the comments you will be considered to have published will sue you into the middle of next week.

          Ditto for the estates and survivors of folks who follow the bad coronavirus advice from the likes of Kent, Rory, and Nick that you will be deemed to have published. That could run into real money..

          Since I oppose the repeal of 230, I support your right not to censor comments (to the extent you don’t), but you should recognize that the rising tide of anger against the likes of Facebook and Google has the potential to overturn all boats. Those of us who post here should be responsible enough not to post the sort of thing that could get 230 repealed and you sued.

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