COVID-19: NYC Resources
by Barry Drogin
Quote of the Day (Monday, June 1, 2020, NYC Mayor de Blasio - Two Almost Exact Opposite Realities Colliding)
Question: How much are you concerned that there will be a rise in COVID cases as a result of all of these crowds and why have you not made public health statements over the last couple of days reminding about social distancing?
Mayor: We are dealing with another absolutely unforeseen moment that's vast in its scale that if there had not been the coronavirus now, these last few days would stand out in American history as a painful, profound moment. I think we've got two almost exact opposite realities, if you will, that are colliding at the same time. The disparities pervade both. The racism that is inherent in what happened with the pandemic is also inherent in all the concerns running through the policing debate. But to your central point, it's very hard to say to people, when there's such pain, there's such anger, that if you say, "Don't come out because of the pandemic." We don't want people to hear that as, we are not hearing your concerns, or your concerns are not valid, or we don't have to change things. It's a very tough balance.
I am very worried about the health impact, I would urge everyone to think about this. And I do think that for those who have made their presence felt, made their voices heard, the safest thing for this point is to stay home, obviously, because we don't want people in close proximity to each other. We don't want people out there where they might catch this disease or spread this disease. And I think more and more people have to realize there is a danger that it will cause some real impact on the resurgence of this disease. We don't have the facts yet.
These things are happening outdoors – that's better, thank God, than if people were gathering together indoors, but there's no question there's a danger of this could intensify the spread of the coronavirus just at a point when we were starting to beat it back profoundly. I want to beseech everyone to think about that. If you do go out, please, try in any way you can to observe social distancing and keep those face coverings on.
We’ve got a lot to do in the city. We have to get back to fighting this coronavirus. We have to get back to being unified and doing this together.
2020-05-31: It Is A Perfect Storm
2020-05-30: Get Tested, Wear a Mask
2020-05-29: On Track to Reopen New York City on June 8th
2020-05-28: Businesses Cannot Jump the Gun
2020-05-27: Help You Separate, All of This is Free
2020-05-26: We Prepare, I Don't Want to Guess
2020-05-25: Beaches: Keep Life Local
2020-05-24: State Loans to Really Small Businesses
2020-05-23: Four-Part Plan to Address the Needs of Seniors
2020-05-22: Summer Learning Will Take Place
2020-05-21: 140,000 Everyday New Yorkers Can Sign Up for Free Antibody Testing
2020-05-20: We Don't Have Enough New Yorkers Coming to be Tested
2020-05-19: The Facts Have Only Been Getting More Negative
2020-05-18: Places Where Overcrowding Started to Happen
2020-05-17: Our Summer Heat Plan
2020-05-16: Two Months Earlier, Asian American Businesses Suffered
2020-05-15: More Testing Means More Locations
2020-05-14: This Mask Says I Respect You
2020-05-13: Be Alert to the Symptoms of PMIS
2020-05-12: Focus on Neighborhoods Hardest Hit
2020-05-11: The Federal Government has Distributed Only 4,000 Doses of Remdesivir to New York City
2020-05-10: If a Nursing Home Operator Does Not Follow these Procedures, They will Lose their License
2020-05-09: 24 Additional Testing Sites at Churches in Predominantly Minority Communities
2020-05-08: New Hospital Cases: Comorbidities, Minority, Retired or Unemployed, 51 and Up, Literally At Home
2020-05-07: Open Businesses First that are Most Essential and Pose the Lowest Risk
2020-05-06: Anyone With Symptoms Will Be Tested Free
2020-05-05: I Wear the Mask to Protect You
2020-05-04: Open Streets: Social Distancing, Face Coverings, Out for Exercise and Then Get Back
2020-05-03: Immediately Move, Otherwise Violations Will Be Given, Period
2020-05-02: Someone Couldn't Properly Isolate at Home, the Social Worker Would Connect Them to a Hotel Room
2020-05-01: Not a Discussion, We're Going Immediately to Summons and, If We Have To, Arrest
2020-04-30: Deep Clean the Subway Stations and Everyone Has to Get Out
2020-04-29: A Contact Tracing Network on a Vast Scale
2020-04-28: There is a Better, Easier, Safer Way to do Testing
2020-04-27: The Broad Outlines of the Reopening Plan
2020-04-26: First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Essential Employees, You're Now Able to Get a Test
2020-04-25: God Bless America
2020-04-24: You're Bailing Us Out? Just Give Me My Money Back, Senator
2020-04-23: If the Infection Rate is 13.9 Percent, 2.7 Million People have been Infected
2020-04-22: Let Each Level of Government Do What It Does Best
2020-04-21: The Medical Emergencies Are Getting Much Closer to Normal
2020-04-20: Talked to a Couple Who Drove Up From Queens to Albany for Thai Food
2020-04-19: There are a Lot of Other Things that People Turn to 3-1-1 For - If You Can Go Online or Use the App, That's Ideal
2020-04-18: Schools, Opening Businesses, Parks, Beaches, All These Decisions Need to be Coordinated on a Statewide Basis
2020-04-17: The Masks Work
2020-04-16: Those Simple Things We Took for Granted, Maybe We'll Cherish Them More
2020-04-15: When You Need Help We Will Be There For You
2020-04-14: New York City Will Be Self-Sufficient
2020-04-13: This is Day One
2020-04-12: A Five Point Plan For How We Get From Here to the Opening of School in September
2020-04-11: People Pass Away and There Is No One We Can Find, That Person Will Be Buried at Hart Island; Later, That Body Can Be Returned
2020-04-10: You Have to Have Really Clear Limits to How Many People Can Be in Each Train
2020-04-09: If You See Anything Where Social Distancing is Not Being Practiced, Call 311 Right Away
2020-04-08: By Executive Order, All New Yorkers Can Vote Absentee
2020-04-07: We Will Not Let Any New Yorker Go Hungry
2020-04-06: Make Sure We Don't Lose Anyone Who Could've Been Saved
2020-04-05: I Don't Understand What the MTA is Doing
2020-04-04: Masks and Gloves can give People a False Sense of Security when these items become Contaminated Themselves
2020-04-03: People are Fighting This Alone, I Can't Imagine That
2020-04-02: 21,000 Health Care Workers Have Volunteered From Out-of-State to Come into New York State
2020-04-01: Show the Country What It Means to Have Coronavirus
2020-03-31: If You're On The Subway, You're An Essential Worker
2020-03-30: Feels Like a Lifetime
2020-03-29: Call 3-1-1, Not their Precinct
2020-03-28: Stay Home for about Three to Four Days
2020-03-27: Ventilators, Ventilators, Ventilators
2020-03-26: The Density Control Measures May Be Working
2020-03-25: That's Not a Curve, That is a Wave
2020-03-24: We Are the Epicenter
2020-03-23: Parks and Playgrounds
Samuel Volkin: According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can live in the air and on surfaces between several hours and several days. The study found that the virus is viable for up to 72 hours on plastics, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard, and 4 hours on copper. It is also detectable in the air for three hours. How worried should we be about our risk of becoming infected simply by touching something an infected person was in contact with days ago?
Carolyn Machamer: What's getting a lot of press and is presented out of context is that the virus can last on plastic for 72 hours—which sounds really scary. But what's more important is the amount of the virus that remains. It's less than 0.1% of the starting virus material. Infection is theoretically possible but unlikely at the levels remaining after a few days. People need to know this.
While the New England Journal of Medicine study found that the COVID virus can be detected in the air for 3 hours, in nature, respiratory droplets sink to the ground faster than the aerosols produced in this study. The experimental aerosols used in labs are smaller than what comes out of a cough or sneeze, so they remain in the air at face-level longer than heavier particles would in nature.
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