It appears that a strategy of full informed freedom of choice continues to be the best route to beating COVID 19. As Whittier Area residents began sheltering at home and began wearing masks properly when they went, the COVID 19 numbers began dropping significantly across the board in all Whittier Area communities as you can see on the accompanying COVID 19 trending graph. In the top 3 communities where for the past the number of new daily infections has been climbing above 100 going as far as 145, the numbers dropped over night to the high 80's. That is a drop of about 41% in new daily SARS COV 2 infections. But for it to have greater impact, residents will need to be consistent in how they wear their masks when they are out in public. A properly fitted mask covers both the nose and chin and does not fall off your face constantly. If you have one with the metal bar, the bar is flexible and can shaped to your face meaning you can use to get as close to an air tight seal as possible with those types of face masks. If you feel the mask come toward face when you breath in and away from you when you breath out, it means you have a good seal.
On Friday, Trump is expected to sign an executive order prioritizing Americans when it comes to vaccine distribution. The move comes in the wake of suggestions that the rest of the world get the vaccines, funded by Operation Warp Speed, first instead of Americans, except for some wealthy elitists, who would not be allowed access until 2022 under that proposal. Under the proposed executive order, foreign nations will not get the vaccines until after Americans do. Trump has repeatedly said he wants to make that all Americans will get the vaccine for free and has signed executive orders to that extent, but that is likely to change under a Biden administration. Already there has been talk of repealing those orders simply because they came from Trump.
There is likely to be a strong dispute between the US and UK over access to the vaccine. More on that later.
Here are Monday's top 5 new daily infections numbers, by community:
Pico Rivera- 86 new infections
City of Whittier- 82 new infections
South Whittier- 63 new infections
La Habra- 40 new infections
West Whittier- 34 new infections
There were 3 deaths in the Whittier Area, one each in the City of Whittier, West Whittier/Los Nietos, and Hacienda Heights.
The numbers of daily infections dropped significantly in the following communities:
City of Whittier
West Whittier/Los Nietos
Santa Fe Springs
The question now that everyone should be asking is whether or not this 41% drop in new infections is a one day fluke or a sign of things to come?