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"‘It’s Emotional Whiplash’: California Is Once Again at the Center of the Virus Crisis"

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Jonathan Fielding, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health distinguished professor-in-residence of health policy and management, about the mixed messages Californians have received related to the COVID-19 pandemic from the local, state and federal level.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

When everything shut down in March as the coronavirus took off in California, Canter’s Deli, a mainstay in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, laid off dozens of employees.

A few months later, it called them back to work. By then, the state appeared to have emerged from the initial virus crisis in much better shape than other parts of the country.

But now California’s caseload is exploding, with rising deaths and hospitalizations. As quickly as things had opened up, they have shut down again.