'Shocking' Data: Majority of New Yorkers Got Coronavirus at Home

Posted: May 06, 2020 6:00 PM
'Shocking' Data: Majority of New Yorkers Got Coronavirus at Home

Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo

Americans are continuing to sacrifice a lot during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, so it'd be nice to know those sacrifices served some greater purpose other than hurting the economy. Well, some bad news on that front: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) now says new data shows most New Yorkers are contracting the Wuhan coronavirus while obeying the state's strict lockdown orders. 

"If you notice, 18 percent of the people came from nursing homes, less than one percent came from jail or prison, two percent came from the homeless population, two percent from other congregate facilities, but 66 percent of the people were at home, which is shocking to us," Gov. Cuomo said on Wednesday.

So if less than one percent came from the jails or prisons, why are we letting criminals out? It looks like the prisons and jails are the safest places to be right now, according to the governor's stats. And if 66 percent of people are getting the virus in their houses, can we end the house arrest now?

"This is a surprise," Gov. Cuomo admitted. "Overwhelmingly, the people were at home. We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home."

The data cited by the governor was compiled from about 1,000 coronavirus patients in 100 or so New York hospitals, according to Gov. Cuomo. 

Cuomo said almost 84 percent of the hospitalized patients did not commute to work using public transportation, car services, personal vehicles, or even on foot. The majority were either retired or unemployed and about 73 percent over the age of 51. 

If the data holds up, it's going to be hard to justify the continuation of the lockdowns when the majority of people getting sick are following the rules. 

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