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When will we listen and learn?
Well, here we go again.
New York City wants to
put a “pause” to businesses
and schools (read: shut them down)
beginning this week in nine areas of
Brooklyn and Queens that have seen a
surge in COVID-19 cases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this
plan Sunday as part of an ongoing eff ort
to prevent these clusters from growing
into the kind of widespread outbreak
that devastated the city back in March
and April. He acknowledged that it’s
going to hurt businesses in these areas
that struggled through the pandemic,
but that the city had no other choice but
to take this measure.
Why? For the same reason tens of
thousands of new COVID-19 cases are reported
in America seven months later.
For the same reason more than
200,000 Americans have needlessly died
of this illness.
For the same reason that President
Trump himself became infected, and is
A refusal to listen.
COVID-19 is diffi cult to detect and
treat, but it’s remarkably easy to protect
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Everyone knows what we’re supposed to do to stop COVID-19, but it’s up to us to do what needs to be done.
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yourself from it. Wear masks. Avoid
large gatherings. Practice social distancing.
Wash hands. Stay home if you feel
This mantra has been drilled into
us for months — it works. We know it
Yet many of us don’t care to follow
it — not just in the nine hot spots, but all
over this city.
We keep hearing about city agencies
working to educate people on mask-wearing
and handing them out. Governor
Andrew Cuomo dismissed that recently,
considering this crisis began here more
than seven months ago.
He’s right. Someone would’ve had to
have lived under a rock the last seven
months not to know. Everyone knows
what we’re supposed to do to stop COVID-
19 — and the problem is largely due to
selfi shness and misinformation.
And that not only sickens and kills, it
undermines our communities in other
Allowing COVID-19 to spread will
provoke another shutdown that will
kill many of the businesses that survived
the fi rst pause. It will set back an entire
generation of children already struggling
to recover from the spring school
Our ability to contain COVID-19 is
directly tied to our commitment to contain
it. And that means we must change
from thinking of ourselves to thinking
You want normalcy? Listen to the
advice, follow it, and we will get there.