NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – As the number of coronavirus cases rose to 105 across New York state on Sunday, with 13 in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged sick New Yorkers to avoid taking the subway.
At a news conference at NYC Emergency Management in Brooklyn in which he announced a new case in the Bronx, De Blasio said sick people should “stay off public transport.”
“If you are sick, you shouldn’t be going to a public event. You shouldn’t be going to work. You shouldn’t be going on the subway,” he said.
De Blasio also said the city doesn’t plan to stop any large gatherings or public events but anyone coughing or sneezing should avoid such events because the virus can be spread by sneezes from infected people.
“If it got on a part of the human body that’s not the mouth, the nose, the eyes—might live a little bit longer, but still a very limited period of time,” de Blasio said. “The only way it can become active and effect you is if it gets into the mouth, the nose, the eyes.”
Among those most vulnerable are people over the age of 50 with: heart disease; lung disease; cancer; compromised immune systems; and diabetes. De Blasio said smokers and vapers are also believed to be more at risk.
“If you are a smoker or a vaper, this is a very good time to stop that habit and we will help you,” de Blasio said. “Our health department and our colleagues in the state have a lot they can offer people who want to quit smoking, who want to quit vaping.”
De Blasio said Sunday that the city’s public health apparatus “is already planning on the assumption that we will be at hundreds of cases over the next two or three weeks.”
As of Sunday, the largest concentration of cases, 82, was in Westchester. There were 13 cases in New York City, de Blasio said. A scattering of others were upstate in Saratoga County, on Long Island and in Rockland and Ulster counties.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has flu-like symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC advises those who are mildly ill with the virus to stay home and avoid public areas to avoid spreading it.