This is great news on its own terms, of course, but especially encouraging in that Arizona managed to get a handle on things without ordering a full lockdown. Logically it made sense that Americans wouldn’t need formal stay-at-home orders in order to arrest exponential growth. At a certain point, the virus will spread so rapidly throughout the community that fear of contagion will lead people to stay home without the governor telling them to.
But Americans aren’t always logical in how they behave. That’s how we ended up with a post-reopening “southern wave” of the outbreak in the first place. And Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey did feel obliged to issue a targeted month-long lockdown of bars, gyms, and clubs — places you’re likely to find Zoomers, who know they’re unlikely to have bad outcomes from infection — in late June in order to douse the flames of the COVID wildfire.
It worked, per the Rona Viz site: