NEW YORK, NY – Public health officials in New York are concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 impacting the state as restrictions have been relaxed during Phase 1 of reopening.
City & State New York reports that multiple factors may contribute to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases over the next month. For two weeks, people have gathered in New York City to protest police brutality and racism. Although most protesters are wearing masks, many are not, and large crowds prevent people from maintaining social distancing.
The protests are only a part of the city’s increasing COVID-19 risk. As New York City entered Phase 1 of reopening on June 8, people have begun socializing more and relaxing their stance on going out in public.
Dr. Robert Gershon, a clinical epidemiology professor at NYU, reported that since the start of Phase 1, he has noticed many fewer people wearing masks outside. He believes before reopening about 80% of the public wore masks, but now this number has dropped to approximately 50%.
Fourteen states across the country have seen extreme spikes in coronavirus cases, as cities have begun allowing people to return to their normal activities. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reported there has already been a 1% increase in positive COVID-19 tests, since the start of Phase 1.
Public officials are urging New Yorkers to continue practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, and maintaining good hygiene, even during the reopening.
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