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When to end the coronavirus lockdown? Soon

Betsy McCaughey on

Just in time. New York City has one-third of the nation's cases. No surprise. It's the most densely crowded city in the nation. On Monday, Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, revealed that nationwide, 8% of tests are coming back positive, but in New York City, it's a whopping 28%.

Even so, once hospitals are ready, the lockdown will be less necessary. Birx announced Monday that 99% of Europeans who have died from coronavirus were over 50. While younger people go back to work, this age group must continue to self-isolate, even from their own grandchildren.

Children are adorable transmitters. Of 700 infected Chinese children, 56% didn't show symptoms.

Here's good news. In rhesus monkeys, the infection produces an immunity to reinfection, a new study shows. If it holds true for humans, once cured, you're not apt to get reinfected. Widespread availability of serological tests, which indicate who has had the virus, would enable recovered people to go out, knowing they won't bring the virus home to others.

Finally, research in France shows that a common antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, may cure coronavirus when used with the antibiotic azithromycin (usually called a Z-Pak). Patients treated with the regimen became virus-free in six days.


President Donald Trump is urging fast-track approval, and Cuomo has ordered a large supply, so hospitals can start testing it. It could be the game-changer that gets America back on its feet.


Betsy McCaughey is chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a former lieutenant governor of New York. Contact her at To find out more about Betsy McCaughey and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at


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