New study shows 66% of New York coronavirus patients were sheltered at home
On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 66% of new coronavirus patients were sheltered at home before seeking medical attention.
The data was taken from a three-day survey of 113 New York hospitals and over 1,200 patients.
“We were thinking that maybe we were going to find a higher percentage of essential employees who were getting sick because they were going to work, that these may be nurses, doctors, transit workers,” Cuomo said. “That’s not the case, and they were predominantly at home.”
The majority of patients surveyed were nonessential workers – in fact, 37% were retired and 46% unemployed. Eighteen percent of cases came from nursing homes. Less than 1% came from jails and prisons.
Cuomo reported that although the state has taken precautions to keep public transportation areas clean, only 4% of the patients surveyed were utilizing it.
“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself,” the governor stated. “Government has done everything it could. Society has done everything it could. Now it’s up to you. Are you wearing the mask? Are you doing the hand sanitizer… Are you staying away from older people?”
“It comes down to personal behavior,” he said.
In a press conference Thursday, Cuomo reiterated those affected were “disproportionately older,” with cases spiking at around 51 to 60 years old.
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