New York City was once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and the city is continuing to feel the fallout.
Due to strict safety measures that have prohibited people from dining indoors, Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted that the laws are forcing people to flee New York so that they can simply dine-in in New Jersey.
“I understand that people can go through the tunnel, go over the George Washington Bridge and go to a restaurant in New Jersey, where they can’t do that in New York City,” Cuomo said, via the New York Post. “I want as much economic activity as possible. We also want to make sure the infection rate stays under control. That is the tension.”
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.72 million confirmed cases and 177,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.