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Is California Flattening The Coronavirus Curve? | NBC News NOW

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A LA STAND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST STAND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS% CORONAVIRUS

% >> Reporter: THE LOS ANGELES% >> Reporter: THE LOS ANGELES% MAYOR PREDICTED THAT IN LESS% MAYOR PREDICTED THAT IN LESS% THAN TWO WEEKS, LOS ANGELES% THAN TWO WEEKS, LOS ANGELES% COULD BE AS HARD HIT PIE COULD BE AS HARD HIT PIE COVID-19 AS NEW YORK CITY% COVID-19 AS NEW YORK CITY% THE CURVE SEEMS TO BE STEADY% THE CURVE SEEMS TO BE STEADY% I FIGURED WE WOULD START OUR DAY I FIGURED WE WOULD START OUR DAY WITH A NICE SOCIAL DISTANCING% WITH A NICE SOCIAL DISTANCING% WALK THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS

% WALK THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS% I GOT TO SAY, EVERY TIME I TAKE% I GOT TO SAY, EVERY TIME I TAKE% A WALK, IT FEELS LIKE WHEN THEY% A WALK, IT FEELS LIKE WHEN THEY% SEND US OUT TO COVER A HURRICANE SEND US OUT TO COVER A HURRICANE AND IT IS THE DAYS BEFORE% AND IT IS THE DAYS BEFORE% YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A VERY% YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A VERY% QUIET PLACE AND THE SUN IS% QUIET PLACE AND THE SUN IS% SHINING% SHINING

% AND YOU THINK, I KNOW A STORM IS AND YOU THINK, I KNOW A STORM IS COMING BUT THINGS SEEM SO% COMING BUT THINGS SEEM SO% NORMAL, HOW BAD CAN IT REALLY NORMAL, HOW BAD CAN IT REALLY GET?% GET?% EVEN BEFORE THE WARNING, LOS% EVEN BEFORE THE WARNING, LOS% ANGELES AND CALIFORNIA WERE% ANGELES AND CALIFORNIA WERE% AMONG THE FIRST TO ORDER MOST AMONG THE FIRST TO ORDER MOST PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME% PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME% YOU COULD ONLY GO OUT FOR YOU COULD ONLY GO OUT FOR NECESSITIES GROCERIES OR% NECESSITIES GROCERIES OR% MEDICATIONS% MEDICATIONS% >> THE ONES ARE SEEING MASKS

% >> THE ONES ARE SEEING MASKS% AND THEN YOU SEE PARKING LOTS% AND THEN YOU SEE PARKING LOTS% AND YOU JUST GOT TO FEEL FOR ALL AND YOU JUST GOT TO FEEL FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE UNCLEAR WHEN THEY% OF THE PEOPLE UNCLEAR WHEN THEY% WILL BE OUT AGAIN AND WHEN THEY% WILL BE OUT AGAIN AND WHEN THEY% WILL GO BACK TO WORK% WILL GO BACK TO WORK% >> ARE WE MAKING A DIFFERENCE OR >> ARE WE MAKING A DIFFERENCE OR IS IT TOO LATE?% IS IT TOO LATE?% LET’S LOOK AT THE DAY THE MAYOR LET’S LOOK AT THE DAY THE MAYOR MADE HIS PREDICTION% MADE HIS PREDICTION

% >> YESTERDAY’S INCREASE OF 50%% >> YESTERDAY’S INCREASE OF 50%% WAS A DOUBLING RATE IN LESS THAN WAS A DOUBLING RATE IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS% TWO DAYS% BY THAT MEASURE, WE WOULD BE% BY THAT MEASURE, WE WOULD BE% WHERE NEW YORK IS IN SIX DAYS% WHERE NEW YORK IS IN SIX DAYS% >> REPORTING 366 DEATHS TOTAL% >> REPORTING 366 DEATHS TOTAL% AND NOW 600 NEW DEATHS EVERY% AND NOW 600 NEW DEATHS EVERY% DAY

% DAY% THE COUNTY HAS MORE PEOPLE THAN% THE COUNTY HAS MORE PEOPLE THAN% NEW YORK CITY% NEW YORK CITY% LESS THAN HALF OF THE DEATHS% LESS THAN HALF OF THE DEATHS% HAVE BEEN REPORTED% HAVE BEEN REPORTED

% IT IS A FRACTION OF THE NUMBER IT IS A FRACTION OF THE NUMBER OF NEW YORK% OF NEW YORK% IT IS OPTIMISTIC WHEN YOU LOOK% IT IS OPTIMISTIC WHEN YOU LOOK% AT THE LATEST PROJECTIONS LIKE AT THE LATEST PROJECTIONS LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING% SOCIAL DISTANCING% THERE WAS AN EARLY DEATH TOLL% THERE WAS AN EARLY DEATH TOLL% ESTIMATE IN CALIFORNIA OF 5,000

ESTIMATE IN CALIFORNIA OF 5,000 NOW IT IS BELOW 2,000% NOW IT IS BELOW 2,000% SO WE ASKED AN INFECTIOUS% SO WE ASKED AN INFECTIOUS% DISEASE DOCTOR% DISEASE DOCTOR

% >> IS CALIFORNIA FLATTENING THE >> IS CALIFORNIA FLATTENING THE CURVE?% CURVE?% >> IT IS STILL TOO EASY TO TELL >> IT IS STILL TOO EASY TO TELL >> SHE SAID THERE IS A NUMBER OF >> SHE SAID THERE IS A NUMBER OF REASONS% REASONS% >> PEOPLE ARE USED TO THINKING >> PEOPLE ARE USED TO THINKING ABOUT THESE KIND OF EMERGENCIES% ABOUT THESE KIND OF EMERGENCIES% REGULARLY

% REGULARLY% BECAUSE OF THE DEVASTATION OF% BECAUSE OF THE DEVASTATION OF% THE WILDFIRES, MAYBE IT SANK IN% THE WILDFIRES, MAYBE IT SANK IN% MORE% MORE% >> MAYBE PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY >> MAYBE PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMPLY WITH THE BIGGEST TASK% TO COMPLY WITH THE BIGGEST TASK% CALIFORNIA HAS EVER HAD, TO STAY CALIFORNIA HAS EVER HAD, TO STAY AWAY FROM EACH OTHER AND DON’T AWAY FROM EACH OTHER AND DON’T LEAVE YOUR HOUSE UNLESS% LEAVE YOUR HOUSE UNLESS% ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY% ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

% >> WE WILL BY SOME TIME AND WE% >> WE WILL BY SOME TIME AND WE% WILL MAKE SURE OUR HOSPITALS ARE WILL MAKE SURE OUR HOSPITALS ARE NOT OVERWHELMED, OUR HEALTHCARE% NOT OVERWHELMED, OUR HEALTHCARE% WORKERS ARE NOT OVERLY TAXED OR% WORKERS ARE NOT OVERLY TAXED OR% OUR FIRST RESPONDERS% OUR FIRST RESPONDERS% >> NOW THE BIG NUMBER TO KEEP AN >> NOW THE BIG NUMBER TO KEEP AN EYE ON WILL BE THE TOTAL% EYE ON WILL BE THE TOTAL% PROJECTED DEATHS ACROSS THE PROJECTED DEATHS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES% UNITED STATES% RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE SEEN RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE SEEN ESTIMATES AS HIGH AS 200,000,% ESTIMATES AS HIGH AS 200,000,% 100,000

% 100,000% THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE MODEL THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE MODEL IS SAYING LESS THAN 90,000% IS SAYING LESS THAN 90,000% THAT COULD BE A RESULT OF THE% THAT COULD BE A RESULT OF THE% SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE% SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE% SACRIFICING PEOPLE ARE MAKING% SACRIFICING PEOPLE ARE MAKING

% WE WILL NOT KNOW FOR CERTAIN FOR WE WILL NOT KNOW FOR CERTAIN FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, POSSIBLY% A COUPLE OF WEEKS, POSSIBLY% MONTHS% MONTHS% THE BEST WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS STAY AT HOME AND WAIT% STAY AT HOME AND WAIT% >> AND DOTTY JOINS ME NOW

% >> AND DOTTY JOINS ME NOW% I’M SENDING YOU A BIG HUG FROM% I’M SENDING YOU A BIG HUG FROM% AFAR% AFAR% TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS NEW MAN% TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS NEW MAN% DADE IN LOS ANGELES% DADE IN LOS ANGELES

% IT SEEMS LIKE A GREAT IDEA% IT SEEMS LIKE A GREAT IDEA% >> RIGHT% >> RIGHT% THE NEW THING IS THAT IF THE NEW THING IS THAT IF EVERYONE GOES OUTSIDE ON FRIDAY, EVERYONE GOES OUTSIDE ON FRIDAY, EVERYONE NEEDS TO WEAR A% EVERYONE NEEDS TO WEAR A% COVERING OVER THEIR FACE

% COVERING OVER THEIR FACE% WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO SEE% WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO SEE% THIS ACROSS CALIFORNIA FOR THE% THIS ACROSS CALIFORNIA FOR THE% LAST WEEK OR SO% LAST WEEK OR SO% IF YOU GO TO A SUPERMARKET OR A IF YOU GO TO A SUPERMARKET OR A PHARMACY, YOU CAN HEAR PEOPLE PHARMACY, YOU CAN HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT AROUND WEARING A MASK% AROUND WEARING A MASK

% THERE IS ALMOST LIKE A STIGMA% THERE IS ALMOST LIKE A STIGMA% THERE IS ALSO A PSYCHOLOGICAL THERE IS ALSO A PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECT TO ALL OF THIS% ASPECT TO ALL OF THIS% YOU HEARD IT WHEN YOU WALK% YOU HEARD IT WHEN YOU WALK% AROUND, THIS IS JUST DOWN THE AROUND, THIS IS JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE, PEOPLE ARE STREET FROM MY HOUSE, PEOPLE ARE OUT AND IT FEELS LIKE THINGS ARE OUT AND IT FEELS LIKE THINGS ARE NORMAL

% NORMAL% NOW THAT YOU START TO HEAR SOME% NOW THAT YOU START TO HEAR SOME% OF THE GOVERNORS SAY WE ARE% OF THE GOVERNORS SAY WE ARE% FLATTENING THE CURVE, I THINK FLATTENING THE CURVE, I THINK HUMAN INSTINCT IS TO SAY THINGS% HUMAN INSTINCT IS TO SAY THINGS% ARE IN THE CLEAR BUT NOW WE ARE% ARE IN THE CLEAR BUT NOW WE ARE% HEARING WE HAVE TO WEAR A MASK% HEARING WE HAVE TO WEAR A MASK% SO IT IS MIXED MESSAGING% SO IT IS MIXED MESSAGING

% WE ARE NOT EVEN THROUGH THE HALF WE ARE NOT EVEN THROUGH THE HALF OF IT% OF IT% JUST BECAUSE THERE IS NOT CHAOS% JUST BECAUSE THERE IS NOT CHAOS% HAP PING IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE, HAP PING IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE, IN NEW YORK, THERE IS CHAOS WITH IN NEW YORK, THERE IS CHAOS WITH THE FIRST LINE RESPONDERS% THE FIRST LINE RESPONDERS% SO FOR NOW, HERE IN LOS ANGELES, SO FOR NOW, HERE IN LOS ANGELES, THE LAW GOING INTO EFFECT ON% THE LAW GOING INTO EFFECT ON% FRIDAY IS IF YOU GO INTO A% FRIDAY IS IF YOU GO INTO A% STORE, STAY SIX FEET AWAY FROM STORE, STAY SIX FEET AWAY FROM SOMEONE

% SOMEONE% YOU HAVE TO COVER YOUR FACE,% YOU HAVE TO COVER YOUR FACE,% MOUTH, NOSE% MOUTH, NOSE% AND IF WE DON’T DO THAT, THEY% AND IF WE DON’T DO THAT, THEY% ARE ALLOWED TO ISSUE SERVICE% ARE ALLOWED TO ISSUE SERVICE

% >> HOW IS THE STATE AS A WHOLE% >> HOW IS THE STATE AS A WHOLE% DOING?% DOING?% >> THAT’S THE FIRST THING I% >> THAT’S THE FIRST THING I% CHECK EVERY MORNING% CHECK EVERY MORNING% WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE MODELING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MODELING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON% WASHINGTON% ON SUNDAY, IT WAS ABOVE 6,000% ON SUNDAY, IT WAS ABOVE 6,000% TOTAL DEATHS IN CALIFORNIA THAT TOTAL DEATHS IN CALIFORNIA THAT WERE BEING PROJECTED THROUGH THE WERE BEING PROJECTED THROUGH THE SUMMER

% SUMMER% THEN THE NEXT DAY, IT DROPPED% THEN THE NEXT DAY, IT DROPPED% DOWN TO UNDER 2,000% DOWN TO UNDER 2,000% RIGHT NOW IT IS AT 1600% RIGHT NOW IT IS AT 1600

% EVERY DAY, WE START TO SEE THE EVERY DAY, WE START TO SEE THE MODELING TAKE OTHER THINGS INTO% MODELING TAKE OTHER THINGS INTO% ACCOUNT% ACCOUNT% THOSE PROJECTIONS GO DOWN% THOSE PROJECTIONS GO DOWN% SO 1600 SOUNDS LIKE A MUCH SO 1600 SOUNDS LIKE A MUCH BETTER NUMBER THAN 5,000 OR% BETTER NUMBER THAN 5,000 OR% 6,000 HERE IN CALIFORNIA BUT% 6,000 HERE IN CALIFORNIA BUT% THAT IS STILL TERRIFYING

% THAT IS STILL TERRIFYING% THAT NUMBER IS THE NUMBER OF% THAT NUMBER IS THE NUMBER OF% DEATHS TOTAL BUT WE HAVE ALSO% DEATHS TOTAL BUT WE HAVE ALSO% SEEN THE BIGGEST DEATH RATE THAT SEEN THE BIGGEST DEATH RATE THAT WE HAVE SEEN OF ALL DAYS HERE IN WE HAVE SEEN OF ALL DAYS HERE IN CALIFORNIA THAT HAPPENED% CALIFORNIA THAT HAPPENED% YESTERDAY% YESTERDAY% WE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER BIG ONE WE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER BIG ONE TODAY% TODAY

% TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, IT TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, IT IS NOWHERE NEAR WHAT WE ARE IS NOWHERE NEAR WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN NEW YORK% SEEING IN NEW YORK% IN NEW YORK, YOU SAW IT WAS% IN NEW YORK, YOU SAW IT WAS% CLOSE TO 700% CLOSE TO 700% AND IN CALIFORNIA, WE STILL HAVE AND IN CALIFORNIA, WE STILL HAVE JUST UNDER 500 PEOPLE WHO HAVE% JUST UNDER 500 PEOPLE WHO HAVE% DIED FROM COVID-19 THROUGHOUT% DIED FROM COVID-19 THROUGHOUT% THIS ENTIRE TIME

% THIS ENTIRE TIME% >> WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR >> WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR GOOD NEWS IN THIS TERRIBLE% GOOD NEWS IN THIS TERRIBLE% SITUATION% SITUATION% SO TO HEAR THAT PERHAPS THE% SO TO HEAR THAT PERHAPS THE% PROJECTED RATE IS COMING DOWN,% PROJECTED RATE IS COMING DOWN,% THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS AND WE% THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS AND WE% HOPE IT MOVES IN THE RIGHT

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