Seth Barron and Nicole Gelinas discuss the latest developments in New York City’s fight against the coronavirus, the impact of the city’s lockdown on future growth, and the response of state and local leaders.

As New York continues under lockdown, the effects of the coronavirus outbreak are becoming evident: the city’s death toll has passed 1,000, with more than 40,000 confirmed cases. In addition to health-care professionals, essential public employees like the city’s transit workers and NYPD officers are falling ill at a troubling rate. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have responded to the crisis with varying degrees of effectiveness, but the outbreak has revealed a lack of preparedness for a public-health emergency of this scale.

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  1. colleenb Member

    It will be interesting to see how things shake out for NYC and other big urban centers around the country after the Wuhan virus crisis is done. I think people may think more about their own comfort and safety v. living a ‘sustainable’ lifestyle, being unable to get a good education for their children, and the general health of living in a big city (garbage and rats among other things). It may be harder to justify sacrificing  your family on the altar of social justice after this.  

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