Ask An Epidemiologist: Is New York Reopening Too Fast? – Gothamist

  • “If I was making a decision about which stadiums to be opening, it makes sense to focus on Yankee Stadium rather than Madison Square Garden, because we can feel a little bit more confident in people gathering in an outdoor setting,” she said.
  • “We also need to keep in mind things that happened on the way to and from these events,” Nash said, “as well as the employees, the ticket takers, the people that are working in food vending areas that are coming into contact with a lot of people over the course of the event that we need to be very concerned about.”
  • The “gray area” of the moment comes through in the data, as well. While hospitalizations and deaths are declining, positivity rates across the five boroughs have more or less flattened to an average of just more than 6 percent.
  • “I still would encourage us to be incredibly cautious as we go about reopening,” said Piltch-Loeb. “But I also think that we need to have some perspective that we’re not a hundred percent in a space of doom and gloom.”

Source: Ask An Epidemiologist: Is New York Reopening Too Fast? – Gothamist