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One in Four New Yorkers May Have Been Infected With COVID-19; Cuomo

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April 28, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Approximately one-in-four New York City residents may have been infected with the coronavirus at some point, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday.

The findings were based on antibody tests that were conducted statewide to ascertain how many New Yorkers may have been infected.

The data, Cuomo said, serves as an important tool in the fight against the virus and will be used to determine when the economy should re-open.

The tests consisted of a blood sample taken from each participant via a fingerstick. The blood samples were then tested for the antibodies. The positive results indicate that their immune system has had to fight off the virus at some point.

Many tests were conducted in Flushing.

Congresswoman Grace Meng said that more than 360 coronavirus antibody tests were carried out in Flushing over the weekend. It is unclear what percentage of the people at the Flushing site tested positive.

Cuomo said that 24.7 percent of those tested in New York City came back positive, suggesting that nearly 2.1 million residents could have been infected with COVID-19 at some point.

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Gardens Watcher

Joyce, good luck to you and to us all. Remember the virus knows no borders, so you will find it everywhere. And expect your new neighbors might not welcome you with open arms, especially in open-carry states.

95,000 healthcare workers volunteered to come to NY to help. That gives me hope while we all wait for a vaccine.

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Gardens Watcher

Cindy, NYC hospitals have been functioning on overload, and even veteran healthcare workers have NEVER experienced critically ill patient loads anything like this. It is a pandemic, and there is still so much that is unknown about this virus. They haven’t had the proper PPE and put their lives and their families’ lives on the line every night and day. They deserve our support.

That doctor didn’t recover “on his own.” He was getting critical care in a hospital, hooked up to machines that monitored his vitals, and the staff are doing the best they can under extremely dire circumstances.

Maybe this is eye-opening for this doctor, but it’s always been the nurses and the nurses’ aides who do most of the mug-on-mug patient care. Nurses normally don’t have the time to do selfies with families either, which takes both a physical and emotional toll for them. And yet that’s part of their duties during this pandemic since families aren’t allowed at bedside.

We all need to do our part to save our healthcare workers and save our healthcare system from collapse. Washing your hands, wearing masks in public and following social distancing rules helps enormously in that effort.

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Cindy

This morning I listened to a doctor (in a language other thank English) on the radio. The doctor was treated at one NYC hospital for cornavirus for about three weeks. Thankful he recovered on his own. But the patient care that he received was so grim. He was left alone for long periods of time with no one monitoring him and attending to his needs. He talked about being left drench in sweat begging a nurse to bring him water. He was given a phone and was told by the nurse to call her if he needed help. It would sometimes take two hours for someone to get back to him. The news makes it seem like doctors and nurses are in and out of patient rooms attending to them. Maybe those images are from the ER. He claims that the patients were in isolation and he felt like they were neglecting patients almost feeling like they were letting them die. In due time, I think more stories like his will come out. For now, the main stream media does not want to pick up on a story like his and he feels so bad for the patients that can not speak English especially the elderly.

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Betsy

And one out of every three will soon be suffering depression, anxiety and ptsd. Corona-virus has only exasperated the problem in NYC!

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Denise

Dense population coupled with a slow response plus a large international flow of people to start with. The lack of restrictions on international flights from Europe caused the infections to explode geometrically.

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Carl

NEW YORK CITY HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST DENSITIES IN THE WORLD. LET’S GET REAL. GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN BEFORE THE SECOND WAVE HITS NYC!

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emily

We still need to find out if COVID antibodies grant immunity to reinfection. I do not want to be forced to go back to work.

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Guest

Unless they can test 100%, what’s the point of this? People who get tested obviously had someone they know had covid, or they feel they were in an environment with covid. This is total bullcrap, if 25% of NY was infected at one point or another, what’s the point of quarantine. Total mismanagement of information. Just like in the beginning, schools, masks, totally trial and error.

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Joyce

They predict a second wave for the Fall. What will it be then? One out of every 2? So glad I am leaving NYC.

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