Based on the results of a poll conducted recently, two-thirds of the voters have put their faith in Dr. Anthony Fauci over President Trump when it comes to Covid-19 related information.
In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Dr. Fauci bragged about New York’s strong fight against Covid-19 and how effective New York’s structure is.
“We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York,” he told PBS’s Judy Woodruff. “New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly.”
However, the current scenario in New York City appears otherwise. And even the preparations prior and during the pandemic are contrary to Dr. Fauci’s statements.
Listed are five (5) of the probable causes on the rise of Covid-19 cases.
1. Late Implementation of Lockdown
Unlike in San Francisco, the lockdown in New York only commenced on March 22, 2020 which is six (6) days after the announcement of quarantine guidelines by President Trump on March 16, 2020. The State of California started the quarantine three (3) days earlier than New York. California has almost twice the population of New York yet was not hit as hard as the latter. The total number of Covid-19 cases in New York is 411,006 where the total number of deaths is 32,617. California, however, has had 380,487 cases and 7,660 deaths.
2. Political Rifts
Gov. Cuomo’s public rifts with President Trump resurfaced when the former directly accused the latter of not providing enough ventilators. Eventually, the governor admitted that New York has more than enough ventilators when he had already initially ordered 30,000-40,000 sets.
3. Nursing Home’s Admission of Covid-19 Patients
On March 25th, Gov. Cuomo ordered Nursing Homes to admit Covid-19 patients. Since the elderly are more vulnerable to the said coronavirus, thousands of the residents were infected and died.
Once the mandate came out in public, the National Association of Nursing Home Doctors protested and warned on the great risk for the residents.
A patient advocacy group called The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths also warned Gov. Cuomo on the consequences. As the number of death started taking its peak, the governor changed the policy so that the nursing home patients who died in hospitals were not counted as deaths in nursing homes. The total number of nursing home patients account for forty-three percent (43%) of the total Covid-19 fatalities.
4. Late Sanitation of Subways Even When Operational
The entire subway system of New York continued to be operational during the pandemic phase. No disinfecting process was conducted until May 6, 2020. Until the said date, the subways were unsanitary and infectious.
5. The Wall Street Journal’s Investigation
Last June, the Wall Street Journal interviewed more than ninety (90) front line working doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and government employees to explore the errors committed during the pandemic. They identified seven (7) crucial steps, as follows:
a. improper patient transfers; b. insufficient isolation protocols; c. inadequate staff planning; d. mixed messages between state government, city government, and hospital officials; e. over-reliance on government sources for key equipment; f. procurement-planning gaps; and g. incomplete staff-protection policies.
At times when people cannot go out due to health risk, information is vital. The list suggests that New York committed various errors in handling and addressing the pandemic. Fallacy or Truth?