Sylvie Damargi/Courier An illustration of a gradient map of Los Angeles County being safer-at-home order until Friday, May 15, 2020. (Map photo courtesy from Government Technology).

COVID-19 isn’t going to disappear by May 15, so why would we reopen the largest populated county in the country during this pandemic? If we extend the ‘Safer-at-home’ act and follow all of its protocols we will all be able to go back to our normal world with a greater sense of safety and a greater appreciation of the precautions the county took to protect us. LA County alone is responsible for more than half the cases in California, so it shouldn’t be a hard decision to make on why we aren’t ready to open up and why it can be very fatal if the most populated and infected county reopens too soon.

The potential level of casualties we would face if we reopen prematurely, especially with no signs of improvements against this virus, are simply not worth going to the beaches and malls this summer.

Los Angeles County will have to make a very important decision on whether or not to extend the ‘Safer-at-home’ act in about two weeks. Many will argue for and against it, but the most responsible and safe decision is to extend the act. Los Angeles County is no different from the rest of the world, in the sense that we are not ready to open up yet.

Yes, the numbers have shown that we are starting to flatten the curve and that’s great, but all of the work and sacrifices up until this point will be completely negated if we open up the very second we start showing signs of improvement. By May 15 our numbers will more than likely have improved even more so but we can not risk our numbers shooting back up within weeks of reopening.

With testing becoming more and more available, our numbers can be conflicting and a bit tricky to understand. For example, the numbers that you may read about how good or bad the virus is can often just be inflated estimates. The estimated numbers that are taken as facts to some, may lead them to believe it is perfectly fine to go back to normal, but that just isn’t the case.

The purpose of “Safer-at-home” isn’t to strip your freedom like some feel it does; it’s designed to help prevent the spread of a global pandemic that we have never been through before.

No one wants to keep living in a global pandemic and be quarantined, including the people who are enforcing and making these acts but at the end of the day it’s the safer decision to make so wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?

If Gov. Gavin Newsom extends this act, not only can it potentially save thousands of lives but it will give the CDC and everyone fighting this virus more time to try to figure out our next steps and give us more answers.

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