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Lessons From New York

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Lessons From New York by Andy Slavitt

People died for 120 straight days in New York. It is 64 days after the peak, 508 cases/million at peak. Overall, 20,600 cases/million; 32,075 people gone, 22,795 in New York City alone. On July 12, in every ICU, nursing home, emergency room, and hospital bed, it was quiet. Not a single reported death.

It’s no longer just foreign countries who have shown this can be done. New Yorkers showed us this is possible. We can do this.

New York now takes the virus as seriously as the rest of the world, and they know how to contain this. Their vigilance is just beginning. And sustaining it will be hard. But the backside of that curve brings tears to my eyes. The nurses. The doctors. The paramedics.

The way to honor them? Let them be our teachers.


Every single day we cannot let up, even with the limited tools we have, we’ve shown it can be beat, don’t stop.


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