Ex-CDC chief says if New York had previously acted, the death toll could have been reduced by 50 to 80%
The former chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that if New York had previously acted, the estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could have been drastically reduced.
In New York, which is currently the epicenter of the virus in the US, the total death toll is 6,268 – more than double the number of people who died on 9/11.
The total number of infections is 149,316 – an increase of 10,480 compared to the number given by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday morning. It is a larger increase than in previous days, when there were less than 9,000 new cases.
On Wednesday, the former head of the CDC, Dr. Thomas R Frieden The New York Times that if the state had taken widespread social distance measures at least a week earlier, the estimated death toll would have been reduced by 50 to 80 percent.
On Wednesday, former head of the CDC, Dr. Thomas R Frieden (pictured), said that if New York had introduced widespread social distance measures at least a week earlier, the estimated death toll would have been cut by 50 to 80 percent
While the number of cases in New York per day is decreasing, more than 779 people died between Tuesday and Wednesday
There are more than 422,000 cases in the U.S., the majority of which are from New York State
“Flu came down and then you saw this new ominous spike. And it was Covid. And it spread widely in New York City before anyone knew it, “Frieden said.
“You have to go very fast. Hours and days. Not weeks. Once it gets steam there is no way to stop it, ”he added.
But California was actually the first state to mandate such measures on March 19, including state shutdown and the closure of schools and restaurants and bars, limiting them to takeout and delivery options only.
When California Gov Gavin Newsom gave the order, the state had 675 confirmed cases.
On the same day, March 19, New York State had over 4,100.
New York City closed schools on March 16, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio hating to do so.
He then announced the closure of restaurants and bars that entered into force at 8:00 PM on March 16.
But the state did not issue a home order until March 22.
The Times also revealed that as early as March 12, New York health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot warned officials that up to 70 percent of the urban population could eventually become infected.
De Blasio and Cuomo have opposed such claims, telling the Times that the facts about the virus and its spread are constantly evolving.
It was revealed that as early as March 12, New York health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot warned officials that up to 70 percent of the urban population could eventually become infected. But Mayor de Blasio (right) and Gov Cuomo (left) have opposed such claims
The staff of the Jewish Medical Center of Kingsbrook transport deceased patients on Wednesday to refrigerated trucks in Brooklyn
Paramedics take a patient to the emergency room at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday
But New York City eventually became the epicenter of state order in the state.
The city was forced to bring in the hospital ship USNS Comfort, which initially took non-coronavirus patients with them.
This week, the ship began accepting patients suffering from the virus.
In other parts of the Big Apple, the Javits Center and Central Park have been transformed into field hospitals for the sick.
On Wednesday, Cuomo ordered flags around the state to fly at half-mast in honor of those who died of COVID-19 after recording the state’s deadliest 24 hours that claimed 779 lives.
Cuomo said during his daily briefing in Albany that there was a “mix” of emotions associated with New York’s flattening the curve of new infections and new hospitalizations as the death toll continues to rise.
It will continue to rise, he said, as more people who entered the hospital 10 days ago or two weeks ago and who needed respirators are not recovering.
However, Cuomo said the number of hospital admissions has decreased and continues to decrease, indicating that social distance works.
However, he said the state was “definitely not out of the woods,” and now it was time to be “more vigilant.”
“What we have done and what we do is actually work and it makes a difference. We have taken dramatic actions in this state. It works, ”he said.