NYC Comptroller Wants to Shut All Restaurants and Bars

Mish

New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, wants to shut down all nonessential services in the city.

Stringer wants to shut down all the restaurants, bars, and schools.

Something has Snapped

NYC Councilman Mark Levine says Something has snapped in the last 12 hours.

Today must be the day we move to ShutDownNYC.

One way or another the only way to stop the spread is to take drastic measures.

Maryland

Maryland’s governor ordered casinos, racetracks and betting facilities to close “indefinitely.”

Staggering Pockets of Amazing Complacency Elsewhere

The amount of circulating complacency is staggering.

One person told me this this is not a virus problem, it's an immune problem.

One look at Italy is all that it should take to dispel such ignorance.

Assume 90% of the people are OK. The other 10% will fill every hospital bed in the county just as happened in Italy.

Italian doctors are making life and death decisions over how gets fluids and respirators because there are not enough beds and supplies to go around.

Misplaced Faith in the Weather

Others have faith in the weather. The obvious problem with this weather meme is the virus will return in the fall, assuming risks do diminish in the summer.

Please note that Australia had 248 cases yesterday. Today it has 300. And that assumes the number is accurate. Weather in Sydney is in the 70's .

If the virus slows in the summer, it will establish firmly in the southern hemisphere and return in the fall. It's not like the virus will vanish forever due to the weather.

There is an excellent video on Nate Silver's 538 site on the weather. I discussed the video and linked to it here: The Weather Does Not Make Viruses Go Away

I advise watching the video, especially if you are a "no worse than the Flu" proponent.

In regards to immunity silliness, here is the key point "The problem is not whether you will recover. The problem is whether you spread it to somebody who doesn't."

So, I suppose if you are certain you have strong immunity and do not give a damn about anyone else who may pick up the disease from you, then there is no problem other than beds filling up and doctors having to decide who gets treatment and who doesn't.

What About China?

Assuming you believe China's death count total, no one in their right mind does, or that China's caseload is in a strong downslope (very believable), is it just a matter of carrying on as usual in expectation it all goes away because it appears to be doing that in China?

No.

China locked down 100 million people who could not leave their houses for a month. It has very aggressive testing and even more aggressive social measures.

The Choice

The US either needs to do the same, or risk ending up like Italy. That is the choice.

But hey, if you have a strong immune system and don't give a damn about anyone else, then carry on as usual.

Coronavirus Week in Review

In case you missed it, please consider Coronavirus Week in Review: Top 10 Things That Happened last week.

This week is starting off on an ominous note.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (35)
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Stan88
Stan88

I work at one of the big national labs and there is an enormous amount of Covid-19 tests coming back positive in NY/NJ

Martin Jarla
Martin Jarla

What is the free market solution to the Corona problem? Shumpeters Creative destruction of the week and elderly...

shamrock
shamrock

Covid may not directly kill young healthy dude, but if the beds fill up and hotshot crashes his motorcycle then he doesn't get treatment either.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Stan please define enormous as in number of tests and number of positives.

RonJ
RonJ

Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo)
Holy moly.

Massive anti-government protests in #Paris, #France today, defying #coronavirus lockdown.

abend237-04
abend237-04

If I'm a coronavirus general, I've got to be feeling pretty good about now: It took me almost four years to cover all of Europe moving at the speed of a slow walk, starting in 1347. Today, the idiots are flying me at 540 mph in climate controlled comfort.

DeeDee3
DeeDee3

Sadly it is true, death is the enemy we want to avert. And disability. And we can feel heroic and may help save lives if we can follow social isolation and hygiene guidelines.

Greggg
Greggg

Well maybe Scott Stringer can get together with all the departments in New York City and exempt these businesses from any tax liability over that period of time.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Things must be really bad when a government bureaucrat doesn't want tax money.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

We are all now going to be socialist. The Capitalistic system simply will not be able deal this.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

We are going to be Socialist now. The capitalistic system simply can't handle this.

abend237-04
abend237-04

@Tony_CA An open society, generating societal wealth with a capitalist system, is light years ahead of socialism for what's ahead. We just need to stop working on each other and work on our problem: Coronavirus disease 2019.


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