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Zeke Emanuel: New York City Still Long Way From Being Out of Danger

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 April 2020 02:47 PM

There has been a decline in the number of hospitalizations in New York City due to coronavirus, but the city is a long way away from being out of danger and will "almost inevitably" face a second wave of the disease, Dr. Zeke Emanuel warned Wednesday. 

"New York is now in week three of its shelter-in-place order," the former White House health policy adviser said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," noting that the physical distancing and the fact that people are wearing masks has decreased the spread of coronavirus, but still, deaths often occur several days or even weeks after someone has been exposed. 

"So you get a case and it takes, you know, 14, 15 days before someone gets sufficiently sick to have a life-threatening condition, so mortality is going to be a lagging indicator, as we say," Emanuel added. "It will come after you might get a decline in the number of cases."

Further, Wuhan, China has opened back up, but it was closed for 10 weeks before that happened, said Emanuel, and it's unlikely that it will have a second wave. 

But in New York City, there will be people shedding the virus for "a long time," he said. 

"Singapore had eased up and they had seen a very large rise in their number of cases and had to close schools and just close nonessential businesses on Friday," said Emanuel. "I think what you're seeing is the first phase where people can ease up, but we should watch carefully."

However, New York City is proof that physical distancing can have an effect, and "that is a good thing," said Emanuel. "People around the country can take heart that if they physically distance, that they're going to make a difference in this pandemic."

California's efforts, meanwhile, were successful because of the aggressive actions of Gov. Gavin Newsom, said Emanuel, as were efforts in Washington state. 

"You had this very effective early distancing that seemed to decrease the demand on the health care system, and so it was very important to have these early responses," said Emanuel. 

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