Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

Why New York is the epicenter of the American coronavirus outbreak

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York State as of Thursday March 26 Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York State as of Thursday March 26
Deanna Wagner | 27 March, 2020, 02:38

So, officials are looking at ways to expand hospital capacity by turning current structures into medical facilities.

The relief package is meant to flood the country with cash in a bid to stem the crushing effects on the US economy of an intensifying epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States and infected at least 79,000. It's the same problem that China and Italy have also faced with no easy solution.

At least 1,178 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, which has proven especially unsafe to the elderly and people with underlying chronic health conditions, according to a running tally based on reports from state and local public health authorities.

"I don't understand how anybody - any public servant - could live with themselves if they deprived the cities in the middle of the biggest crisis since the Great Depression - deprived us, deprived our state - of the money we need", De Blasio said. "There is no stockpile available".

Addressing reports that NY hospitals were running out of personal protective equipment, Cuomo assured that hospitals had enough in stock for the immediate need, but not beyond. The U.S. government has pledged to send NY another 4,400 ventilators. "He's been really a friend to me personally and to the state of NY".

Ventilators feed oxygen into the lungs of patients with severe respiratory problems through a tube inserted down the throat.

"This is the time for governmental leaders to stop making excuses and just do your job", said Cuomo.

"It's not conjecture, it's not some flimsy theory, it's not some scare tactic".

Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday an emerging $2 trillion economic rescue package on Capitol Hill would be "terrible" for his state. During a briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo said there's nearly no realistic scenario that won't overwhelm hospital systems and additional locations are needed to handle the capacity of cases.

Testing for the virus remained a challenge in NY and around the United States.

Of the total confirmed cases, 5,327 people, or about 14 percent, have been hospitalised and 1,290, or 3.4 percent, are in intensive care units, according to local media outlet Syracuse.com.

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The company is also offering a $50 bonus to workers who've been laid off because of a coronavirus-related company policy change. Papa John's is one of three major pizza chains looking to take advantage of all the restaurant closings across the country.

"New York City only gets $1.3 billion from this package - that is a drop in the bucket as to need", Cuomo said.

The city coroner's office has posted refrigerated trucks outside Elmhurst and Bellevue Hospital to temporarily store bodies of the deceased. "The situation isn't easy but easy times don't forge character", Cuomo said.

"This is the really bad news".

Desperate to slow the spread of the virus by limiting physical contact among people, state and local governments have issued stay-at-home orders covering about half the U.S. population. A major side effect has been the strangulation of the economy, unleashing a wave of layoffs.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said that her city could see a surge in cases similar to that seen in New York City, and she warned that with that comes an increased demand for supplies.

Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told WNYC public radio that the changing weather could help fight the virus because generally warm and moist conditions are better than a cold, dry winter.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said on Twitter he's talking with ventilator maker Medtronic about manufacturing the devices, but company spokesmen didn't return messages seeking details.

"We hope we get a respite as we get into April, May and June".

Brandon Allen, 48, bought groceries in Detroit for his 72-year-old mother who has tested positive for the coronavirus and was self-quarantining at home. "I understand people are exhausted, but I also understand that people in this situation are stepping up to the plate and doing phenomenal work".

"I cry for the ones who passed away". I know a couple of people who are fighting for their lives.