When the coronavirus panic began to hit Los Angeles in March, I began to document the catastrophe as it unfolded. What I observed with my own eyes was frequently the opposite of what I was told to believe in the media and by our politicians and medical “authorities.
As Angelenos began to “shelter in place” or practice being “safe at home” Los Angeles has never looked so forlorn. Yet there was also a strange, surreal beauty in the emptiness as I captured Los Angeles in a way she has never been seen before…. and hopefully will not be seen again.
The footage in this video has been captured over a span of two months the various stages of the lockdown unfolded. It shows LA in a way very few people have seen.
I hunted for the long lines of the sick and dying at hospitals. The media said they were there. They weren’t. What I found were hospitals with coronavirus intake units outside that we’re deserted. I saw the empty streets in downtown Los Angeles only to read how “overcrowding” and a lack of “social distancing” required us to shelter in place and not leave our homes.
Angelenos were doing their part We were staying home. I saw the deserted beaches… only to read about the “record numbers of people flocking to the beaches” in the papers the next day. Then our Governor and Mayor ordered them closed.
As I observed what was playing out I couldn’t help but conclude that the cure was far more destructive than the virus. In the two months that I have been documenting what I saw, over 50% of angelenos have lost their jobs. For lease signs are appearing where profitable businesses used to be. Many Angelenos have watched what they worked a lifetime to build be destroyed by the stroke of a pen.
I watched our Convention Center turned into a field hospital at a staggering cost… only to learn that it and similar field hospitals across the country were being closed after treating zero patients. I saw the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship sail into our harbor with a staff of over 800 personnel to handle the “overwhelming patient load”. It treated only 77 patients in the months that is was here. The ratio of medical staff to patients on the Mercy was 10.38 staff to 1 patient.
The scope of the coronavirus never panned out to be anywhere near what was predicted. The code of the computer program used to predict that “millions” of deaths that were to occur was examined and found to be faulty. While one would think the only industry that would be doing well in a pandemic would be the healthcare industry, it’s the industry with the largest financial losses. It was also laying off nursing staff. This is despite generous reimbursements for coronavirus patients by our government that also mandated they stop treating any “non-essential” patients.
The “invisible enemy” the media told us to fear has turned out to be just that. Invisible. But the damage created by the non-stop message that we needed to be afraid has destroyed far more lives than the virus would have done at even the worst of the predictions.
Credits and more photos after the break…
“Outcast” by Myuu from the YouTube music library https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiSKnkKCKAQVxMUWpZQobuQ
“Echo Sclavi” by Mini Vandals from the YouTube music library https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTdSDPjB1kle7puRKAuHP_g
“Casual Desire” by Ugonna Onyekwe from the YouTube music library https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJiB0YjYyrximbFeXsQz3A
“Pablo” by The Mini Vandals from the YouTube music library https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTdSDPjB1kle7puRKAuHP_g