Anti-COVID technology makes returning to work safer
Governor Andrew Cuomo is allowing upstate construction and assembly line businesses to reopen May 15, but other businesses have to stay shut longer. How long? That depends on how "essential" they are, he said.
Sorry, Governor, but any business is essential if it's how you earn your paycheck. People need to work, and new research indicates for otherwise healthy, working-age people, it's safer than taking a car trip.
"People under 65 years old have very small risks of COVID-19 deaths even in the hotbeds of the pandemic," according to Stanford scientists John Ioannidis, Cathrine Axfors and Despina Contopoulos-Ioannidis.
In New York, 70% of coronavirus deaths are people over 65 years old. In Michigan, it's 79%. And in Washington state, it's 92%.
Instead of this pandemic spanning all ages, the coronavirus is a disease that kills one age group gruesomely.
In Delaware, 58% of coronavirus deaths have been nursing home residents and their caregivers. In Massachusetts, 55%, in Pennsylvania, 51%, and in New Jersey, 40%.
Shutting down the economy didn't stop these deaths. They were predictable. In Italy and Spain, over half of deaths were nursing home residents.
Yet, health officials in New York, and most states, rushed to equip hospitals but ignored nursing homes. Without help, these facilities became death pits. Florida was an exception. Governor Ron DeSantis rushed in medical supplies, deployed the National Guard to test residents and cut the nursing home death rate to roughly half New York's.
As for younger people, a minuscule 1.8% of New York City coronavirus deaths are otherwise healthy people under 65. We've all seen news reports of a young mother or middle-aged coach tragically killed by coronavirus, but those are exceptions.
Plans to reopen should focus on the majority, not these rare exceptions.