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Public patience will help defeat COVID-19
Are we near the apex yet of the coronavirus
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Story: ‘Together we will weather these uncertain times’:
Vallone tests positive for COVID-19
Summary: Northeast Queens Councilman Paul Vallone
revealed on Wednesday, April 1, that he had tested positive for
COVID-19. The elected offi cial shared news of his diagnosis on
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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 fi nally starting to fl atten.
April 4 marked the fi rst 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
“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 diff erent that it’s
very hard to plan when these models shift
all the time,” Cuomo said.
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
Every New Yorker has been hoping and
praying this crisis would swift ly 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 to normalcy.
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
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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.
Th at means we’re still going to have
to practice social distancing and control
public gatherings for a while.
Th e 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
Queens pedestrians practice social distancing.