It looks like the policy of operating overcrowded subways and buses during the epidemic was unintentionally a successful pox party; preliminary results show 21% of New York City residents test positive for the coronavirus:
I suspect the number is even higher for regular subway riders. It looks like New York City is approaching herd immunity.
It also means that the death rate is lower than earlier expected. Applying the measured rate of positive results to the whole city mean 1.7 million were infected. The total number of coronavirus deaths is 9396, which gives a fatality rate of about .5%.
While epidemic in New York City has certainly been terrible for the people who have fallen seriously ill, the fact that so many people are testing positive is good news for assessing risks of serious illness in the city and the rest of the country.
That stuff spreads insanely fast and unfortunately easy which is why most think the infected rate is not even close to the real numbers. Even after having the coranavirus I think I will be nervous the next time I get on a subway.
Yes, the virus is very contagious. The new estimates for the number of cases in New York City are well over 10 times higher than the official confirmed cases.
The 21% positive is around the bottom estimate of what is required to achieve herd immunity for COVID-19. The end may be in sight for the lockdown, especially if social distancing and working at home where possible are continued.
It was also reported in on Fox News that Di Blasio set up a mark line and has been fining flush citizens reported as not social distancing, but has done nothing concerning reports of the homeless failing to social distance in subways. Presumably they are ignored because there is no money to be scammed from the penniless.
The mistakes New York has made in countless areas concerning their preparation and response to this virus is beyond incompetent. It’s borderline criminal and before this is all over, there will be lawsuits against them.