[Excerpt] I remember reading a comment in early June about how residents of Los Angeles were behaving as though we had all simply grown bored with the coronavirus that we collectively decided to start act like it no longer existed. This theory seemed plausible, when on every street families could be seen walking around without face masks and young adults were suddenly socializing again in close physical proximity to others who clearly were not members of their households. Bars, beaches, and gyms began to reopen as Southern Californians seemed eager above all else to “get back to normal.” On June 24, however, with more than 88,500 residents diagnosed, Los Angeles officially become the county with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States (Gutman et al, 2020). Furthermore, as of June 22, the U.S. itself was currently registering the highest number of deaths from COVID-19, despite accounting for only 4% of the world’s population (Elflein, 2020).

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