This spring, death rates rivaled those seen during the country’s deadliest pandemic, a new study finds. “What 1918 looked like is basically this.”
Mark D. Levine# of excess deaths in NYC during the peak fall months of the 1918 influenza pandemic:
# of excess deaths in NYC during the peak spring months of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic:
And this is not over yet.
A New York Times analysis shows a high number of deaths above normal — with the most recent rise in excess deaths focused in the South and West.
Mark D. LevineMany of those who die from covid aren't counted because they didn't get a positive test at time of death.
And there are deaths that result from secondary effects of this crisis.
Now, for the first time, we have the complete picture.
Convincing infected people to open up means helping them confront deeply held concerns about deportation or job loss.
Mark D. LevineOne of the biggest fears holding back contact tracing is the fear of losing your income if a you are instructed to quarantine. (Not everyone can telecommute)
Obvious solution: offer income replacement to low-wage workers so they can stay home for 14 days.
A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.
Mark D. Levine"Trump is a comorbidity of the COVID‑19 pandemic."
@edyong209 diagnoses the many, many maladies which lead to this debacle, and offers a vision of the "radical introspection" needed to overcome it. A must read.
New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.
Mark D. LevineIt's time to update how we think about risk on the subway.
Cities around the world that are tracking infections have found surprisingly little spread on mass transit--especially if riders wear masks and over-crowding is avoided.
New Yorkers, take note.
"We are standing in a very dangerous place," Murphy warns.
Mark D. LevineNY and NJ shut down at the same pace, have been reopening at the same pace, and have had almost identical curves for the past five months.
So the sharp rise in cases in NJ shouldn't just set off alarms there--it should set off alarms in NY too.
Legislation would apply to any business that closed for 30 days or more following mid-March orders that shut down all non-essential establishments.
Mark D. Levine1000s of NYC businesses--from locksmiths to dry cleaners--have been forced to shut down but still owe the City $ for licensing fees for this period.
Pleased to be introducing legislation today to fix this. It's the least we can do to support small biz.
NY1's Michael Herzenberg combed through the cases.
Mark D. LevineThe looming avalanche of evictions is not a hypothetical. It is already starting in NYC.
We need to move immediately to:
* Cancel rent
* Extend the eviction moratorium
* Expand right to counsel to all tenants citywide
7,500 workers are missing from a famous building. A food cart sells 10 hot dogs a day. The virus’s effect on one block could be a vision of the city’s future.
Mark D. LevineEvery office building that sits empty means economic pain for a whole ecosystem of nearby street vendors, restaurant workers, small business owners.
We've got to figure out how to safely restore some form of office life.
A New York Times analysis of C.D.C. data begins to show just how many lives are being lost to the pandemic in each state, and how many are beyond the norm.
Mark D. LevineThere is one devestating # that can't be hidden by the White House:
==> Nationwide, 179,500 more people have died than usual from March 15 to July 11.
Most are directly victims of covid. All of them should be considered victims of this pandemic.
Years of improved air quality could be reversed as New Yorkers avoid mass transit
Mark D. LevineSubway ridership is still only 22% of the pre-pandemic level. Midtown traffic is already back to 85%.
This trend is a serious threat to the life of our city.
We need action now: congestion pricing, more bus & bike lanes, more fed $ for transit etc.
"It comes as a shock to us that these venues that cater to out-of-towners are disregarding the rules that we need to abide by to get out of the pandemic together."
Mark D. LevineTo the venues hosting these "secret" indoor parties: you are putting our city at risk.
The infection rate for people in the 20s is rising in NYC--nearly doubled in last 3 weeks.
This needs to stop.
New York City health officials reported zero deaths related to the novel coronavirus four months after the state’s first official death was recorded on March 11. According to initial data reported by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,...
Mark D. LevineThe last time NYC had zero coronavirus deaths was March 11.
And we did it again today.
We have a long, long way to go in this fight. But this is an extraordinary achievement. Keep it up.
Mark D. LevineGood news: applications are now open for Summer Youth Employment Program in NYC.
Will be a safe, on-line opportunity for young people to build job skills and earn some income this summer.
Details and how to apply (due by 7/15)
Maps show the extent of the coronavirus outbreak and the number of cases and deaths by state.
Mark D. LevineAccording to @nytimes, as of today...
* States/territories where virus is increasing: 38
* States/territories where it's staying the same: 16
* States/territories where it's decreasing: 0