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Another shut down due to COVID-19: San Francisco Bay Area and Lebanon

Santa Clara County Executive Dr. Jeff Smith stated, “The only treatment we have now is shelter-in-place.”

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — As of Friday, COVID-19 cases rose in more than 40 states. The CDC is forecasting there could be 175,000 deaths by August 15.

For the second day in a row, California reported a record daily number of deaths.

The state has more than 435,000 cases and a 7-day test positivity average of 7.9- percent.
(Positive testing need to be brought down to less than 2% for any re-opening to normal life)

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Among the signatories is them, Dr. Travis Porco. He’s a professor with the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology at UCSF.

“I believe everybody that signed that, endorses that, and sees this crisis for what it is- a crisis that’s not gotten any better,” Porco explained. “It’s only gotten worse.”

The letter came with the warning, “If you don’t take these actions, the consequences will be measured in widespread suffering and death.”

Dr. Porco adding America’s struggle to contain the virus is evident on the world stage.

“I think we’ve already failed in comparison to many countries,” he explained. “We’ve seen many countries act swiftly and efficiently to crush the pandemic. They’re reopening and they’re doing fine. We didn’t. We couldn’t do that.”

Additionally, State Senator Steve Glazer recently introduced a proposal that would require residents to once again shelter-in-place. His vision would keep residents across the state doing so until the rate of positive tests over two weeks dips below two-percent.

“If our objective is to kill this virus, a shelter-in-place, as difficult as it will be- is the medicine we need to take,” Glazer told ABC7 News.

“Unfortunately, we reopened too soon, and people didn’t respect the need to create physical distancing in their regular conduct of life,” he continued. “That has meant that infection rates continue to go higher, and higher, and higher. Hospitalizations are at record levels. People who have died, record levels.”

San Jose was recently named as one of 12 cities being tracked by the feds as COVID-19 cases rise.

County Executive Dr. Jeff Smith addressing what it would take to stop the spread.

“The only treatment we have now is shelter-in-place,” he told ABC7 News.

“So, a very vigorous effort at social distancing on a statewide level would be very effective in knocking down the spread of the virus and decreasing the amount of the virus in the community.”

He continued, “It doesn’t have to mean closing down a bunch of businesses. There are lots of businesses that can operate with social distancing by using certain protocols. But it does mean getting people to wear masks, to prevent gatherings, to decrease the number of people indoors, and to make sure that there is monitoring and enforcement of the rules.”

If we don’t, health experts fear inconsistent messaging, unenforced policies and push back over mask wearing can be devastating.

“There’s nothing that’s ever been less political than the coronavirus,” Dr. Porco said. “I mean, the coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican. Or what your religion is, or what your ethnicity is. We’re just food to that thing.”

The letter also implores lawmakers to listen to the experts.

“Public health professionals have made clear that even after we’ve contained the virus by staying at home, in order to reopen American cities and towns safely, we will need:

  • – Enough daily testing capacity to test everyone with flu-like symptoms plus anyone they have been in close contact with over the last 2 weeks (at least 10 additional tests per symptomatic person). We currently have only 35-percent of the testing capacity we need to meet that threshold. The more people get sick, the more testing is required.
  • – A workforce of contact tracers large enough to trace all current cases. That’s 210,000 more contact tracers than we had in April, but the number keeps going up as infections rise. Most states are far short of the number of contact tracers they need.

In addition, we need more personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep essential workers like health professionals, emergency responders, and grocery store clerks safe.”

VIDEO: Can coronavirus particles remain airborne longer than we thought?

Some doctors are suggesting coronavirus particles remain in the air for longer than we thought after an infectious person exhales.

Porco adding, without taking action, “We don’t want to see overwhelming healthcare institutions. We don’t want to see people running out of ventilators and the sort of death and economic disruption that that’s going to cause.”

Understanding a second shutdown would be devastating for many, he explained, “I think a lot of people would love to comply with the orders, but they need to put food on the table. A lot of small businesses need help. So I think as long as we support people that we’re asking sacrifices of, people will understand.”

“We need you to lead,” experts pleaded in the open letter. “We remind you that history has its eyes on you.”

To read the full letter, click here.

INTERACTIVE: Here’s the reopening status of every Bay Area county

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From prison with love: Lessons in business? On how to modernize you mischievous mind?

B.J. was one of many fellow inmates who had big plans for the future. He had a vision.

When he got out, he was going to leave the dope game for good and fly straight, and he was actually working on merging his two passions into one vision. He’d spent 10,000 dollars to buy a website that exclusively featured women having sex on top of or inside of luxury sports cars. (Laughter)

It was my first week in federal prison, and I was learning quickly that it wasn’t what you see on TV.

In fact, it was teeming with smart, ambitious men whose business instincts were in many cases as sharp as those of the CEOs who had wined and dined me six months earlier when I was a rising star in the Missouri Senate.

Now, 95% of the guys that I was locked up with had been drug dealers on the outside, but when they talked about what they did, they talked about it in a different jargon, but the business concepts that they talked about weren’t unlike those that you’d learn in a first year MBA class at Wharton: promotional incentives, you never charge a first-time user, focus-grouping new product launches, territorial expansion.

But they didn’t spend a lot of time reliving the glory days.

For the most part, everyone was just trying to survive. It’s a lot harder than you might think.

Contrary to what most people think, people don’t pay, taxpayers don’t pay, for your life when you’re in prison.

You’ve got to pay for your own life. You’ve got to pay for your soap, your deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, all of it.

And it’s hard for a couple of reasons.

1. First, everything’s marked up 30 to 50 percent from what you’d pay on the street, and don’t make a lot of money. I unloaded trucks. That was my full-time job, unloading trucks at a food warehouse, for $5.25, not an hour, but per month.

So how do you survive? Well, you learn to hustle, all kinds of hustles.

There’s legal hustles.

1. You pay everything in stamps. Those are the currency.

2. You charge another inmate to clean his cell.

There’s sort of illegal hustles, like you run a barbershop out of your cell.

There’s pretty illegal hustles: You run a tattoo parlor out of your own cell.

And there’s very illegal hustles, which you smuggle in, you get smuggled in, drugs, pornography, cell phones…

 And just as in the outer world, there’s a risk-reward tradeoff, so the riskier the enterprise, the more profitable it can potentially be.

You want a cigarette in prison? Three to five dollars.

You want an old-fashioned cell phone that you flip open and is about as big as your head? Three hundred bucks.

You want a dirty magazine? Well, it can be as much as 1,000 dollars.

So as you can probably tell, one of the defining aspects of prison life is ingenuity.

Whether it was concocting delicious meals from stolen scraps from the warehouse, sculpting people’s hair with toenail clippers, or constructing weights from boulders in laundry bags tied on to tree limbs, prisoners learn how to make do with less, and many of them want to take this ingenuity that they’ve learned to the outside and start restaurants, barber shops, personal training businesses.

3:35 But there’s no training, nothing to prepare them for that, no rehabilitation at all in prison, no one to help them write a business plan, figure out a way to translate the business concepts they intuitively grasp into legal enterprises, no access to the Internet, even.

And then, when they come out, most States don’t even have a law prohibiting employers from discriminating against people with a background.

So none of us should be surprised that two out of three ex-offenders re-offend within five years.

Look, I lied to the Feds.

I lost a year of my life from it.

But when I came out, I vowed that I was going to do whatever I could to make sure that guys like the ones I was locked up with didn’t have to waste any more of their life than they already had.

I hope that you’ll think about helping in some way.

The best thing we can do is figure out ways to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit and the tremendous untapped potential in our prisons, because if we don’t, they’re not going to learn any new skills that’s going to help them, and they’ll be right back.

All they’ll learn on the inside is new hustles

Patsy Z and TEDxSKE shared a link.
Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected — he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don’t we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners…|By Jeff Smith




April 2023

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