The current spread of COVID-19 has spread to many people around the world, and according to the State of California, they are estimating that fifty-six percent of California residents will be infected with the illness.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said in a letter to the Trump administration that 56 percent of the state’s population — 25.5 million people — is projected to be infected with the coronavirus over an eight-week period.
In the letter, Newsom asked President Trump to deploy the USNS Mercy hospital ship to the port of Los Angeles until September of this year “to help decompress our current healthcare delivery system in the Los Angeles region in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the governor, specified that the estimate was without mitigating factors.
“Governor Newsom has been honest about the threat of the virus and its impact on the health and welfare of Californians,” he said in a statement to The Hill. “This projection shows why it’s so critical that Californians take action to slow the spread of the disease – and those mitigation efforts aren’t taken into account in those numbers. The state is deploying every resource at its disposal to meet this challenge, and we continue to ask for the federal government’s assistance in this fight.” (source)
At the report notes, it assumes no mitigating factors. However, when one considers the effects this has had on the economy, as many businesses have been forcibly shut down or chosen to close on their own, the potential long-term economic impact of this is yet to be determined.
My position about the virus is as it was before, which is that one is seeing a political phenomenon taking place using the virus as a voer. However, it makes the situation no less dangerous, for if conditions are as such and continue as they have been, what comes after the virus could be far deadlier.