L.A. County Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer asked residents to do everything in their power to say inside in the coming days, during what is being described as a “critical week” in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
At a press conference on Monday she advocated that individuals not even go out for groceries or tasks that are technically allowed, but could put them into contact with groups of other people.
“If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether,” ABC 7 reported Ferrer saying. She advocated opting for delivery if a member of the general public does require any essential food or medicine, rather than going out.
Public health officials consider this week a particularly dangerous moment due to the large number of people in the region they assume are currently walking around while asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, but nonetheless infectious. If they stay indoors, the rate of spread could, perhaps, begin to bend towards leveling off.
If not, Ferrer warned, things could get even worse than they are now. “Our numbers could start skyrocketing, and that’s one thing we don’t want to see happen,” she said.