LA needs to crash the 284636 tiered CA system; ask for more vaccine based on imminent collapse of the system; open 24/7 vaccination centers in every zip code, (2 per underserved zips), mobilize contract health workers and start jabbing. This can be done. It’s not being done.
We are numb to the deaths. We are numb to the press conferences with the same faces urging us to do more. We are masked. We are shut down as much as we can be. Stop yelling at us. Start breaking rules. The quicker we do this, the quicker we save our medical system. And lives.
I know we are also not fully complying with the byzantine health orders. We have all violated the rules in some way. Some egregiously and recklessly. But many of us try really really hard to stay home 24/7. We try. Many others are forced to work. What else can we do?
I’m bewildered and frustrated and feel for my friends who suffer from Covid (5 at the moment!) and health care workers. I’m really angry. And I’m ... a relatively temperate person.

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