Coronavirus Outbreak: Is New York City Ready for the Second Wave?

Coronavirus Outbreak: Is New York City Ready for the Second Wave?

New York City could deal with another coronavirus outbreak just after it had already gained control of the situation. March and April were not comfortable in the world. The city has struggled a lot to contain the virus. The hospitals were overwhelmed, and they dealt with shortages of personnel and equipment.


It seems that a combination of colder weather and the beginning of the school could change the situation entirely.


Tom Frieden, who is the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated: “The second wave is a misconception: It’s the omnipresent risk of explosive spread. That’s what we’re facing” 


People feel very anxious when it comes to the big city and the virus situation. Experts are ready for a new surge in cases, and they know what to expect. According to some sources, Northwell, Mount Sinai, and NYU Langone Health hospitals already started stockpiling supplies. But hospitals still have to deal with staff shortage after the New York medical staff were sent across the country to help other states that have a more difficult time dealing with the virus. Some states still deal with what March and April left behind.


Don Boyce, who is the vice president of emergency management at Mount Sinai, stated: “We were the first and the worst in New York, and we had to come up with a lot of solutions that weren’t national solutions on the fly.” Hospitals are still alert when it comes to numbers and trends. They are all preparing for a new spike.


The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has talked about the potential second wave in the States. He has also praised NY for its efforts: “We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York. New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about.”


Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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