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Chip Franklin talks with San Francisco Mayor London Breed about how the city is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and all the ways the city is trying to flatten the curve.
“It is a hard decision to make and what I have told each and every one of them is this cannot be a political decision. It’s a hard decision, I get it. Our businesses are going to be impacted, our economy is going to be impacted, people’s lives are going to be impacted, no question. But, we have to rely on our public health experts who are providing us with, you know, the data, which demonstrates that in other countries where they didn’t move fast enough, this thing has spread like crazy and we need to not wait until something happens. We need to implement the policies that are going to stop it from happening in the first place. I want someone to say well the mayor overreacted when she put forward a directive, declaring a state of emergency, you know. I’d rather be safe than to be sorry and we put forth a declaration of emergency, even before we had one case and we wanted people to be be prepared that we were going to have cases. We’re now at 70 cases here in San Francisco and the fact is, there’s going to be more as we have more testing and we have to be prepared for it. We can’t wait until something happens and I do think that you know other cities in this country need to move faster. So that we can basically help everybody talk about flattening the curve. That is the only way we’re going to be able to flatten the curve, we talk about social distancing. These aren’t just gimmicks or or buzzwords, this is about public health, public safety and saving lives,” – Mayor Breed.
Listen to the full conversation below!