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Beyond the impact on NYC and so direct fearmongering by New York media types, could it be that the early super spreader events were "society" events with jet-setting guests spreading the virus?
Many of the early SSEs, in fact, centered on weddings, birthday parties, and other events that were described in local media as glamorous or populated by “socialites.” Examples here include a March 7th engagement party at a Rio de Janeiro “mansion” that attracted “high society” fly-ins from around the world, and a similarly described birthday party in Westport, CT.
Sorry, could that be the cause behind the over the top shutdown so many, who are of those groups, are now afraid to lift.
We also can't rule out that like the internment of the Japanese Americans in WWII, the accompanying destruction of the businesses of Japanese Americans were good opportunities for the wealthy to acquire those businesses and farmland for pennies on the dollar
Our governor (WA State) appears to be trying to out-Whit Whitmer: he just extended our lockdown until the 31st of May. He has introduced a '4 phase' reopening which sounds a bit like coming out of detention in 8th grade: if we don't do things correctly and he doesn't like our numbers, we'll start all over again. Not the brightest bulb in the pack, he's referred to as 'Dimslee.'
A commenter on a WA State small business forum stated his plan sounds like this:
‘We have a 4 phase plan to reopen the state. The plan will be a phased plan that we will plan to utilize in phases. The phases will be planned and the planning will be phased. We will move quickly and slowly to open but remain closed. I have created a staff of staffers who will plan the phase and planning while phasing their phases. And that is our re-opening plan.’