In Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address on Opening Day at the Legislature, one of his big applause lines was when he said that we should “focus math, not masks.”
I think the governor should focus on math — particularly the epidemiological data that shows COVID is still a public health threat. In the past two weeks, cases nationwide are up by more than 200%. COVID deaths are up 36%. COVID is not over. Three years ago in my videos, I said we could move into a chronic COVID world if we were not careful. We are on our way there.
I am calling for leadership from the governor rather than pandering. As Coach Armor used to tell our high school football team, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” COVID ain’t over. Be careful.
January 14 Update: According to NPR, Arizona surpassed 25,000 COVID deaths on January 13 and has one of the worst per capita COVID death rates in the US.