Reopening Day in California – Om Malik

It is reopening day in California — and to finally call it summer. It has been a long time since we have been able to do things that can be deemed normal — mundane activities like walking out without a mask and look at each other’s smiles. Or get a cup of coffee at a cafe. I celebrated the comeback from the pandemic — at least in our part of the world — by getting a haircut and a straight razor shave from my favorite barber. It is such a simple thing, and yet the only thing I could think of that could give me such immense joy. I hope this mundane normalcy comes your way — and even if it does, wear a mask in crowded places. I hope you get a jab (or two) soon.

I don’t have any travel plans. I like the cooler confines of San Francisco, which is often wrapped in a blanket of fog, even as the rest of the west burns with record high temperatures. I know it is a brief respite before the wildfire season returns, and we are forced to use masks again. But for now, this is a gift I want to enjoy. And today, I am officially ending the use of the tag, Pandemic Chronicles.

Best news I’ve read in a long time.

3 thoughts on “Reopening Day in California – Om Malik

  1. Meanwhile: says:

    “Even as the nation rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, more than 2 million homeowners are behind on their mortgages and risk being forced out of their homes in a matter of weeks, a new Harvard University housing report warns.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/eviction-moratorium-ending-harvard-housing-report/
    “Most of the homeowners at risk of foreclosure are either low-income or families of color, said researchers who published the 2021 State of the Nation’s Housing report. Congress has dedicated $10 billion to help homeowners get caught up on payments, but it’s unclear if that funding will make it to families before mortgage companies begin sending out foreclosure notices, researchers say.” https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/reports/files/Harvard_JCHS_State_Nations_Housing_2021.pdf
    “Separately, millions more renters are “on the brink of eviction,” the Harvard researchers found. Census data show that 6 million households are still behind on rent and could face eviction at the end of June, when federal eviction protections expire.” https://nlihc.org/news/nlihc-statement-nlihc-urges-aggressive-action-biden-administration-prevent-historic-wave

  2. Solace of cynicism says:

    Los Angeles County will reinstate indoor mask requirements in public spaces for all this weekend, regardless of vaccination status, amid an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases driven by the Delta variant.
    Thursday’s announcement by the nation’s largest county sent a chill through the state just one month into California’s long-awaited reopening. And it could prompt other local health officials to follow suit, complicating the post-pandemic recovery narrative of Gov. Gavin Newsom as he faces a September recall election. https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2021/07/15/la-reinstates-mask-mandate-as-delta-variant-spreads-1388453
    Delta variant’s spread among unvaccinated Californians threatens new surge of COVID cases, officials warn https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/Delta-variant-s-spread-among-unvaccinated-16312867.php

  3. Back2square1 says:

    COVID Rates Among Unvaccinated Push California Toward Mask Mandate : Bay Area health officials urge all residents to wear masks indoors https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bay-area-health-officials-urge-all-residents-wear-masks-indoors/
    L.A. County Reports 11 New Covid-19 Deaths And 1827 New Positive Cases Ahead Of Reintroduction Of Masking Mandate https://deadline.com/2021/07/la-coronavirus-update-11-new-deaths-1827-new-positive-cases-1234795162/
    SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant-info.html

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