But these numbers in California are striking. Why in the world, with all of the people from China who have flown in and out of California, five to 7,000 a day since December, why are these numbers so low there? I maintain to you that it is herd immunity. I think they’ve immunized themselves. I think the people in California had this disease in December, January, didn’t know what it was, many people lived through it, got better, built up antibodies before anybody knew what coronavirus was, before anybody knew it had escaped China. Because social distancing cannot explain the low numbers. They only started social distancing two days prior to New York, two days of a lead of social distancing will not explain the great disparity in these numbers.
Again, 40 million people in California. The state economy is shut down, 40 million people. They have less than 250 deaths from coronavirus. Three people per million have died. They’ve got twice the population of New York. And yet one-tenth the number of deaths. Three people per million dying, 760 people die in California every day. They’ve shut down the state because 250 deaths have happened from coronavirus. Victor Davis Hanson, we’ve had about four extra on average.