“We need to do everything in our power to stop the coronavirus from reasserting in New York City. We have to stop a second wave from happening here, it is getting dangerously close,” Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Tuesday.
That was just two days after he joined the joyous crowds celebrating after news media called the race for Joe Biden. Huh? If the mayor really feared New York was about to get hit again, joining a street-rager was no way to preach public safety and caution.
The latest numbers aren’t that much worse than what he knew Sunday, yet suddenly he’s insisting there’s just “one last chance” to stop a huge second wave of infections, and “everyone has to be a part of” it.
Will Black Lives Matter count this time, Mr. Mayor? They didn’t over the summer. Who else doesn’t count as “everyone”?
De Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo keep singling out Orthodox Jews, even as they cut breaks for demonstrations of their choosing. It makes no sense.
Nor do their hints at a return to total lockdowns. Greater caution is a must, especially for high-risk people, if things get worse. But shutting down outdoor activities, or carefully secured religious services, makes no sense — especially when the mayor is breaking the rules when he wants to.
Plus, the virus is growing less deadly. A study led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers found that fewer New Yorkers are dying from the disease than predicted, with regional case-death rates dropping since the pandemic’s March and April height. By mid-August, the death rate for those hospitalized with COVID had fallen from 25.6 percent to 7.6 percent.
It’s not just that younger, healthier people are getting the disease and showing up at hospitals with less severe symptoms: Testing and treatment are taking place earlier, and doctors know more about handling cases.
Meanwhile, the city’s unemployment rate remains about twice the national average, and Cuomo’s NYC-only quarter-capacity limit on indoor dining is killing restaurants.
People suffering from economic collapse aren’t going to listen to a mayor who flaunts the rules he lectures everyone else about.