‘The enemy’ caused New York to collapse

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec10,2023 #collapse #York
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With over 8.6 million residents, New York is more crowded than any other major city in the US, with a population density of nearly 11,000 people per square kilometer.

When too many people are gathered in a small space, the virus seems to spread more quickly through packed subway trains, bustling playgrounds and crowded apartment buildings, creating unpredictable cycles of infection.

`Population density is really the enemy in the current situation,` said epidemiologist Steven Goodman at Stanford University.

People lined up outside Elmhurst Hospital in New York City to be tested for nCoV on March 24.

The challenge that New York, as well as other densely populated places in the US, are facing can be clearly seen by comparing it with Los Angeles, California, the second most populous city in the country.

As of March 24, New York City recorded nearly 15,000 nCoV infections and more than 190 deaths, while Los Angeles reported more than 600 patients and more than 10 deaths.

`We’re spread out and people tend to use their own cars. The public transportation system is pretty bad. Whereas in New York City, people have subways, buses, Times Square, and live in

From every perspective, New Yorkers have a bustling life and a higher level of interaction when going to work, as well as having more fun activities than anywhere else in America.

When the pandemic hit, however, crowding made New York more vulnerable.

`So people in New York are the group that now need to be completely socially distanced and self-quarantined. The virus clearly had to be circulating there for several weeks to cause this level of entry into the general community.`

Concerns about population density are also at the forefront when New York officials discuss the spread of nCoV.

Hospitals across New York City and surrounding areas are reporting increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients, as well as shortages of protective gear, prompting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to come up with a plan.

However, Cuomo admitted that initial measures to control the spread of the virus were not effective, especially in New York City, where people still gathered in parks on weekends and were not far enough apart.

`When I touched this table, the virus could have been there for two days. You could have touched it too if you came here. With New York’s dense population, a lot of people have touched countless

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on March 23 that he would sign an executive order requiring anyone coming from New York or New Jersey to this state to quarantine for 14 days.

In addition to the difference in population density, the fact that Los Angeles conducts fewer tests is also said to be the reason why this city recorded fewer nCoV infections than New York.

Southern California has a warmer climate, and some early analysis suggests this could slow the virus’ spread.

However, health experts say that population density is likely still the biggest reason why New York `failed` because of nCoV, and called on other cities and municipalities across the country to pay attention.

`The question now is what the rest of America will learn from New York to avoid falling into the situation they are facing. The epidemic situation here could be even worse in the near future,`

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