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Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen cities across the country begin phases of reopening, then just as quickly many pulled back on account of spiking rates of coronavirus infection. Cases have especially risen across the Sun Belt at unprecedented levels, in part because hot weather has forced people together in air-conditioned settings like shopping malls and restaurants.
And many state health officials partly attribute the increase to gatherings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in late May. As AP reported, nationally, there were over 25,000 new cases reported this past Saturday, the highest tally for a Saturday since May 2. This is due to more testing being available but waves of public protesting, as well as people gathering in newly-open public spaces, has caused the daily number of new coronavirus cases to climb in 22 states.
So please, if you do go out in public wear a mask (they’re critical in slowing the spread) and keep your distance from people. We still don’t know so much about this virus and we’re nowhere near being in the clear.
Cities Struggle With Enforcement: The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Big Cities Health Coalition said that,
“Public health departments are facing lawsuits over their authority to close businesses, schools, and places of worship in order to protect the community at large — the very action that is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of American lives from this virus.”
Even in a state like California which took initial public health and safety guidelines very seriously, the governor has begun a path to reopening after facing immense pressure.
For Texas which has been more relaxed with shutdown protocols, it set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations in four of the last five days as its hospitals are struggling to accommodate the spike.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to accept a petition that will grant the Joshua tree, the famous twisty-limbed yucca plant native to the Mojave desert, endangered species status for one year while the state conducts a study. The plant is now considered a “candidate species” […]
by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus. Researchers at the Harvard […]
Increasing populations, incomes, urbanization, and temperatures could “triple the number of AC units installed worldwide by midcentury, pushing the total toward 6 billion,” as James Temple reported for the MIT Technology Review. This could create one of the “largest sources of rising electricity demand around the world.”
Why This Matters: This is the paradox of climate change. As the world warms, cooling will be even more necessary.
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