California's COVID mortality rate is actually quite low compared to the other states. They currently rate #33 of the 50 states, so better than most other states. So despite the bad spike they recently had, they have done a relatively good job. Of course the northeast states were struck before anybody knew what hit them. I would add that the states that have been most resistant to taking protective measures, like the Dakotas, are the only ones who have joined the northeastern states at the top of the mortality rates. And they had plenty of notice, but apparently no concern for saving life. Just too much of a nuisance.
Since states cannot control who travels between states, individual state policy only goes so far. I would add that Oregon's excellently low mortality rating - yes, thank you Gov. Brown - is only behind four other states, two of which are Alaska and Hawaii, who obviously do have certain advantages (Maine and Vermont are the other two).
I did the math a couple weeks ago. If Oregon had the mortality rate of the median state - Tennessee at the time - 2500 more Oregonians would have died. And that's just for the median. So once again, thank you Governor Brown for saving thousands of Oregon lives. Credit where credit is due.
(PS - the US has done a LOT WORSE than most other large countries, but I won't go into those statistics now, other than to point out that last I checked we were among the 10 worst for per capita death - out of some 160 countries)
https://www.statista.com/statistics/110 ... -by-state/
Back to the subject at hand, when thinking of people who "enjoy" the wilderness differently than I do, I would differentiate between a literal difference, for example people who are loud and boisterous in the outdoors, but still enjoying the outdoors (compared to those who like quiet introspection), and those who are doing something technological that they could do at home, like playing video games. The latter are in the wilderness, but not obviously enjoying it.