66% of coronavirus cases in New York were people who stayed home

The worst part of state and local governments’ decisions to lock down their economies is that the whole thing was pointless from an epidemiological perspective. The “curve” looks pretty much the same whether people observed social distancing or not.

But then there is this “shocking” news from New York’s Governor Cuomo – the majority of people in New York who tested positive for the coronavirus were self-isolating and not violating the state orders:

“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities, but 66% of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” Cuomo said.

“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” he added. “We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”

Cuomo said nearly 84% of the hospitalized cases were people who were not commuting to work through car services, personal cars, public transit or walking. He said a majority of those people were either retired or unemployed. Overall, some 73% of the admissions were people over age 51. 

He said the information shows that those who are hospitalized are predominantly from the downstate area in or around New York City, are not working or traveling and are not essential employees.

So New York broke their economy for nothing, and now the governor is demanding that federal taxpayers pick up the tab for the economic losses his state has incurred.

3 thoughts on “66% of coronavirus cases in New York were people who stayed home

  1. “This is a surprise.”

    Really? The coronavirus had been spreading in NYC before the lockdown. Presumably the (mostly young, healthy) people that go places all the time would mainly be the ones getting infected. When you order those people to stop going out and stay in their cramped apartment all day long with the elderly or infirm people that they live with, what did they think was going to happen? Or did they not think about the possible consequences at all?


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