Why Covid-19 Is Overwhelming California

At this pivotal juncture in our nation’s history, California has become a microcosm of broader developments taking shape across the US.

The country’s most populous state is also its most diverse, home to a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, and economies. To the north lie counties that voted red in the 2020 election and share more sensibilities with Dakotans than Los Angelenos. To the south, the US-Mexico border where millions of immigrants have passed through at rates comparable to Texas. And down the middle, the abundantly verdant, 450-mile Central Valley, where 40 billion pounds of milk, two thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts, and a third of its vegetables are produced each year.

All three regions are critical to Californian history and identity. All three are being hit hard by Covid-19.

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Originally published on Forbes (December 17, 2020)

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