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New York City Officials Prepare For The Coronavirus | NBC News NOW

New York City Officials Prepare For The Coronavirus | NBC News NOW
president Trump floated a theory that by April when it warms up miraculously the

coronavirus

may go away now the virus that we're talking about having to do you know a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat as the heat comes in typically that will go away and April we're in great shape I think it's dangerous for any of us in public life to pretend to replace the doctors who know best and to put out theories that might in fact cause people to underestimate the
new york city officials prepare for the coronavirus nbc news now
problem bring us up to date on where we are New

York

City

with preparation and Prevention for the novels of the virus we do not know exactly how people get this we don't know the full effect of it but I'll tell you something we have an extraordinary public health apparatus here in New

York

City

and what became clear to me was it was really about telling the people of our

city

this is something we can handle but you got to follow the basic rules we checked in with those health

officials

to see how the looming threat of a corona virus outbreak has affected their day-to-day responsibilities what does the average New

York

er need to know about the current virus here at them the risk to New

York

ers is still very low but the

city

is

prepare

d and very

prepare

d to respond if it escalates the press put out a proclamation to quarantine all individuals coming in from the who by province for 14 days and then the rest of mainland China they would be doing in home quarantine and what I have
been doing to support the Department of Health with this is we have identified a quarantine facility where we can transport passengers and then we've put together and helped devise a plan to support all the wraparound services laundry feeding anything that they might need while they're in that quarantine situation our next stop was the esteemed the Bellevue Hospital Center where we learned about the differences and similarities between

coronavirus

and traditional strains of influenza the
new york city officials prepare for the coronavirus nbc news now
Kota virus is part of a family of known viruses there are four strains that we see commonly here in New

York

City

and across the country that caused the flu and that the symptoms can be very familiar if you've had travel to the affected areas in China and you're not feeling well and you've returned within the last 14 days call your healthcare provider and get tested what does the mask do is it protecting the person and how does it do that having a mask in place doesn't protect
them but it keeps them from spreading the virus to others how are you helping in New

York

ers prevent the stigma that is attached to this infection this outbreak is because of a virus it's not because of a group of people fear is not an excuse for spreading spreading bigger and spreading misinformation finally we spoke to special pathogen expert dr. Madan who discussed how government support were the lack thereof effects research response and treatment for outbreaks China locked down a lot of
its borders and the United States is doing that to a certain extent what's the logic there is that well that work historically we've seen that these types of travel bans and restrictions have not worked because one of the things that we don't want to do is take away the public trust and so if the folks are fearful of coming forward it gets harder for public health to do any contact tracing tell us a little bit about antiviral medications that could treat the disease perhaps but
new york city officials prepare for the coronavirus nbc news now
aren't readily available certainly for the corona virus unfortunately it's one of those games of isn't there is there a market for it there's a big hype in the beginning and then it dissipates and so there needs to be political will and there needs to be financial support could we prevent future epidemics future special pathogens so these types of events are natural but what we can do is if we invest in them we can lower the human toll the economic toll and the social toll that
it takes the Hondas countries in general then we're able to respond faster better and more efficiently this should not stop you from going about your life should not stop you from going to Chinatown and going out to eat I'm gonna do that today myself until we know fully how to handle this virus we have to assume it'll be with us for a long time we have to assume it may throw curve balls at us and be in a vigilant State as a

city

as a nation until this crisis is over hey NBC

News

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