It's not surprising that the rates of COVID infection are beginning to climb as states being to reopen their economies. It was predicted. What was also predicted is that the spikes in new infections would be tied to how states manage their reopenings.
In states where social distancing practices and the requirement to wear masks have been lessened or completely set aside (or ignored), the rise in infections has been more dramatic than in those states where risk-reduction protocols have remained in place and people's adherence to those protocols have remained relatively consistent.
As reported in this
New York Times
, Arizona, Texas and Florida are reporting their highest rates of infections with coronavirus cases climbing in 22 states amid reopenings.
The mayor of Dallas said
“I’m very concerned about it.”
He noted that, after months of warnings and isolation, many residents had stopped wearing masks and maintaining social distance out of sheer fatigue.
“They’ve been asked for quite some time to not be around people they love, and that they want to spend time with. Wearing a mask is not pleasant. And I think people are tired.”
The article continues that, as of Saturday, the daily number of new coronavirus cases was shifting course from what had been downward trajectories in many places. The spikes are causing government leaders to consider difficult choices: accept the continued rise in infections as an expected cost of reopening their economies or consider slowing the lifting of restrictions aimed at stopping the spread or even imposing a new set of limits.
Given that people's behavior plays such a pivotal role in managing this disease and how infection rates play out, what does the future look like, at least for Santa Fe and Kitchen Angels?