NYC’s disastrous response to Coronavirus
From Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Community Media on COVID-19, March 11, 2020:
Mayor: Again, we are encouraging people to think about it in a more individual manner. If you are over 50 and you have those five preexisting conditions, you should take extra precautions for sure. Be very, very careful not to be in the presence of anyone sick and the example I use is a grandparent and grandchildren — if the grandchildren are sick, don’t go visit them. You should be very, very careful about large gatherings. Folks who are in those particular vulnerability areas — bluntly, this is overwhelmingly the people we’re losing — need to be extra careful. For everybody else to think about how to balance your life, and that means starting with your own situation — if you’re sick, don’t go out and put other people in danger and make sure that you are getting the care you need. If you are not sick, if you are not in the vulnerable category, you should be going about your life, but we want you to try and be mindful to avoid like the super crowded situations like the, you know, rush hour subway car. That’s about it. You know, it’s not quite all things in moderation, that would be too simplistic, but there are some of that. Try and strike some balance, because we are not trying to, at this moment, say, let’s go to the extreme of shutting everything down, shutting down everyone’s livelihoods, shutting down to everyone’s way of life. If we get to that point or close to that point, we’ll tell you case by case. But clearly, we are evaluating all the time — all the people up here are evaluating all the time. And if we get to the point where we think any particular type of activity needs to be suspended, we can do that voluntarily with the organizations, or we can mandate it depending on — you can — if we were there, you would know about it. We’re doing this day by day, hour by hour. Okay.