Michael Jackson wrote:I know a lot more people getting infected this time around, none have been serious, but the numbers seem to be climbing. I do agree that it might be because of more testing, as there are a good number of asymptotic cases in the people I know.
I don't think it is because we are doing more testing. Has the amount of testing changed meaningfully since August? I don't think that's true.
It feels far more likely to me that numbers are climbing because people are sick of social distancing and are engaging in way more risky behaviors than they were 3 months ago.
In my county, our positivity rate has gone from a 5.4 7-day rolling average as of 10/9 to currently a 11% as of 11/8. Each day has gotten noticeably higher all week, near 14% on the most recent date reported. We currently have an outbreak I know first-hand about shooting through all our illegally-open local restaurants. Several people I know have contracted it this week, all workers or regulars at the bars on our town's little strip of bars. I didn't find out publically.
I am getting tested tomorrow morning because I was around someone recently who's in the same social circle, and flippantly said she probably has it but feels fine. Of course I have one guest stay over the entirety of 2020, and immediately have placed myself at risk and had to tell my parents, very embarrassed, just why I won't be coming over for dinner until I've tested negative twice.
Anyways, basically I agree with doug. People are behaving badly because, hey, everyone else is, right? And it's just snowballing. And yet, the hatred for Pritzker grows. My local friends on my FB feed continue to rant about the shutdown (which they're ignoring anyway). One local restaurant blatantly advertised their free lunch for veterans - with the words "DINE INSIDE!" in all caps with flag emojis. Ugh.
I have no good answer, either. This thing is going to end up killing half a million Americans before widespread access to a vaccine can help alleviate the avalanche of stupidity that won't let up.