Are we near the apex yet of the coronavirus
crisis in New York? So it seems, according to
Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
He pointed to a number of developments in
recent days that would seem to indicate the curve is finally
starting to flatten.
April 4 marked the first time in four weeks that
there was a decline in coronavirus-related deaths in the
Empire State. Hospital discharges are increasing, but
the hospitals are still at or near capacity statewide.
“For all those people who look at the data, you have
all these projection models, and what’s infuriating to
me is that the models have been so different that it’s
very hard to plan when these models shift all the time,”
We imagine most of us share the frustration. We’ve
been hearing about the apex of the crisis coming soon.
We’ve seen the steady, precipitous rise in coronavirus
cases and related deaths in recent weeks. We’ve heard
horror stories and seen terrifying images coming from
our hospitals of overwhelmed staff and patients dying
lonely, terrible deaths in intensive care wards.
Every New Yorker has been hoping and praying this
crisis would swiftly pass us, while also coping with the
reality that it will not. And even if we hit the apex this
week, at long last, we’re still a long, long way from returning
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We don’t know for a fact if coronavirus cases will
drop all the way down or if it will plateau at a certain
level. But when the news takes an optimistic turn, we
would be wise not to jump into a quick return to normal
life — tempting as that sounds to all of us now.
For one thing, we still don’t have a coronavirus vaccine,
nor a proven treatment of the illness. Research
and medical trials are underway. We likely won’t have
a real cure for coronavirus for months, so the risk will
still be there — and so we must continue to take precautions.
That means we’re still going to have to practice
social distancing and control public gatherings for a
The restrictions in place, we imagine, will eventually
ease in time. But rushing to drop all of it once the
infection rates plummet would be a huge mistake that
puts lives at stake.
Hang in there, New York City. Let’s not tempt fate.
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