Our Biggest City is About to Go Into "Full Shutdown"
In less than one year, 300,000 Americans and more than 1.62 million people worldwide have died due to COVID-19. While the arrival of a vaccine offers hope for the future, health experts are unanimous about the fact that things are going to get worse before they get better due to the amount of time it will take to establish some sort of herd immunity. This is why many cities and states are opting to tighten up restrictions, with some even going into lockdown mode similar to the spring. According to New York's mayor, New York City could be next—and soon. Read on to hear more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
A Full Shutdown May Be in the Cards
On Monday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that a full lockdown could be in the cards due to a recent surge of hospitalizations. This would include restricting NYC restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery only.
"At the current rate that we are going, we have to be ready now for a full shutdown, a pause like we had back at the end of the spring," he announced at a press conference on Monday. "That is increasingly necessary to break the back of this second wave."
"What is increasingly clear is that all forms of restrictions have to be on the table at this point," de Blasio said.
The city's hospitals are quickly filling up, with 185 patients admitted to NYC hospitals for suspected COVID-19 complications on December 12 — 15 people shy of the city's stated safety threshold of 200 new patients admitted per day. Last week there were several days that the city topped that. As far as the state, there were 5,400 people hospitalized on Friday, per state data.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the New York Times last week that "if you extrapolate out at this rate of growth, you could be looking at the shutdown of New York City within a month."
During Monday's press conference, de Blasio agreed with Cuomo's statement dubbing it "exactly right," and revealed that the city and state were trying to figure out a plan.
"I think there's the likelihood of more restrictions quite soon," de Blasio said. "Hopefully we're only talking about restrictions for a matter of weeks. But we have to be preparing ourselves mentally and practically for that possibility."
On CNN, de Blasio called this period the "last big battle against the coronavirus here in New York City." The first vaccine was administered that same day.
How to Survive the Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.