New data out of New York shows a full 66 percent of those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus were staying put at home – even as New York continues to encourage everyone to keep staying home to avoid getting the coronavirus.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a press conference Wednesday that according to a survey of 1,000 people, a full 90 percent of New York City residents recently hospitalized with COVID-19 said they hadn’t gone out in a personal car, used a car service, been on mass public transit, or even walked around outside their home, adding they’ve been working from home and only going out when necessary.
“Preliminary data submitted by 113 hospitals over the last three days show most new admissions have mostly been staying home; they're predominantly from the downstate area (57 percent NYC, 18 percent Long Island) and people of color. Most of them are older and non-essential employees; 66 percent were admitted from their own residences,” reports NBC New York.
Even still, they wound up with the coronavirus anyway, eventually landing in the hospital.
Of course, Cuomo claimed this only means his government’s lockdown measures are “working,” saying the data “reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”
“Everything is closed down, the government has done everything it could,” he said. “Now it’s up to you.”
Except the new data doesn’t mean the shutdown is working at all – in fact, the survey results point directly to the fact that people are getting the virus regardless of how careful they’re trying to be or how many government-imposed guidelines they're following, indicating that this bug is so contagious, even the strictest of lockdowns isn’t keeping people from getting infected.
It’s simply keeping them from doing anything else.