Who’s handling coronavirus better, California or New York? It’s getting harder to tell

UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said California ran into its own, very different problem than New York this spring. California locked down hard early with a March stay-at-home order, and was fortunate that the virus hadn’t already gotten the type of fast foothold it did in New York. … Now, California is desperately retrenching from it May and June reopenings. “I don’t envy the governor’s choices in California,” Irvine epidemiologist Noymer said. “The American public has shown zero resolve for shelter in place.”