In an article published by Bloomberg today the famous journalist Michael Lewis – author of Moneyball,, The big short and The fifth risk, among other notable works – writes about his recent surprise visit to all places in the Department of Public Health of Humboldt County. The song is definitely worth reading. You can check it out here,,
Much of the article focuses on Lewis’s conversations with nurse Erika Dykehouse, who details the long working days she has set out to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 locally. The overall picture he paints is not all that reassuring. Even when cases are confirmed, she says that the infected and potentially infected people she comes in contact with are increasingly willing to help her or listen to her advice.
Dykehouse shared several stories about possible cases of Humboldt’s coronavirus, which we will quickly share here:
Two cases remained in Erica’s mind. One was a couple in their 70s, both probably contagious. She found them, told them to quarantine, and they turned right and hosted a large barbecue on the fourth of July. When she tried to contact guests who may have been infected, she found them either contemptuous or outright rude. “You have these little social networks that are hostile,” she said. “Most of the time, they’re polite enough to just tease. But I’m trying to develop thick skin. “
The other case that stuck in her head was the met dealer. The public health nurses met him soon after he became infected, and although he rejected their advice, he said he would isolate himself. Erica suspected she was still sneaking in at night, and her suspicion was confirmed when she infected her friend, who in turn infected her daughter-in-law. The girlfriend of the friend, who had no symptoms, went to work in a nursing home in Eureka Alder Bay Assisted Living. More than a dozen employees and residents became infected. Four died.
Read Lewis’ full article: “Confession of the California Sister COVID”