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Avoiding the worst
The delta variant of COVID-19 continues
to spread across the city,
driving infection rates higher
across the fi ve boroughs.
But unlike the situation in New York
at the height of the pandemic, life goes
on. Businesses are still open. People
are out and about enjoying the city
as they did before COVID-19 arrived
on our doorstep. They’re gathering
at ballparks, outdoor concerts and
restaurants, taking part in all the normal
activities of city living that were
off -limits when the virus fi rst raged on.
It’s not because New Yorkers have
adopted a devil-may-care attitude
and are throwing caution to the wind.
You still see plenty of people wearing
masks and frequently rubbing their
hands with sanitizer while out in
All of this is possible because of the
COVID-19 vaccine — and, more importantly,
what the vaccine does for the
city’s hospitalization rates.
Delta is spreading in New York City
just as it is in other parts of the country
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As the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the city, make sure to get vaccinated.
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like Missouri and Louisiana. But the
situation isn’t nearly as grim as it is in
the south, where vaccination rates are
low and hospital rooms are teeming
with gravely ill patients.
City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave
Chokshi has said that the vast majority
of New Yorkers being hospitalized
today for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
Imagine how packed the city’s hospitals
would be right now if no vaccine
Undoubtedly, it would rival the horrifi
c period of March-April 2020, when
every hospital in the city had refrigerated
trailers parked outside to store the
bodies of the COVID dead because their
own morgues were over capacity.
The COVID-19 vaccine will help you
either avoid infection completely, or
reduce the infection to just mild symptoms.
It is overwhelmingly safe; more
than 180 million people nationwide
have already received the shots and
are living their lives.
And getting the shot not only allows
life to go on across the city, but it
also keeps the hospitals in manageable
condition. It allows health care workers
to focus their care on a relatively
small number of COVID-19 patients
while handling all the other medical
emergencies they face, without being
overwhelmed or put at risk of infection
and death themselves.
No matter what vaccine incentives
the government dreams up, there is
no greater incentive to get vaccinated
than to ensure our ability to end this
pandemic, and avoid the worst case