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Giving distance to save New Yorkers
Study aft er study, report aft er report,
about the coronavirus epidemic shows
that there are two eff ective means toward
“fl attening the curve” of infection:
expanded testing and “social distancing.”
Whether or not we like it, this is the way
forward for New York City. Th is will be
the way we can help spare thousands from
suff ering and tragedy in intensive care
wards across the fi ve boroughs.
It seems ironic that, in an era where we talk
about the importance of social networking,
our way out of this public health emergency
is to distance ourselves from each other.
It seems like madness to some that entire cities
in France and Italy are completely shut
down, families isolated in their homes, while
riding out this biological storm.
But this is where we are.
We don’t yet have a vaccine to prevent
coronavirus infection. We know that it
easily spreads from person to person,
and that people infected with the virus
— even if they’re not symptomatic — can
still carry this illness to someone who may
wind up sick, or worse.
Social distancing is the best measure we
can take at this moment to stop the rapid
spread of coronavirus and keep people
vulnerable to this illness away from infection.
Photo courtesy of Reuters/Jeenah Moon
Story: ‘Pizza man’ turned bagel maker opens Bagel Parlor
Summary: Gerardo “Jerry” Natale recalled growing up in
the pizza business, “annoying customers” at his father’s
pizzeria. But the third-generation baker is branching out
and has entered a tasty new enterprise in Whitestone:
Reach: 22,645 (as of March 16, 2020)
Th ank goodness we live in an era of
history where we can work, interact with
friends or relatives, and order food at the
touch of our fi ngertips, without ever leaving
Aft er it was widely reported this past
weekend that there were plenty of people
crowding into bars and restaurants all
over the city, looking for a good time away
from all the bad news, the mayor signed
an executive order eff ectively putting an
end to that, a measure we applaud.
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Th ere is simply too much risk in interacting
in that matter. It matters not if the
partygoers become infected and never
show symptoms. But these revelers can
carry their hidden illness unwillingly to
someone they care about — and potentially
make them seriously ill.
We are all in uncharted territory here;
it’s an incredibly diffi cult time for us all.
Better days are ahead; we will eventually
overcome this outbreak if we stand
Th ose better days will come more
quickly if we sacrifi ce ourselves now, distance
ourselves from each other, and help
keep all New Yorkers safe.
Let’s not wait for a city ordinance to
make that happen.
A nearly empty street in Manhattan in the middle of the day on March 15.