Coronavirus can linger as droplets in air for THREE HOURS before it falls to ground, Gov. Cuomo warns – The Sun
GOVERNOR Cuomo reminded New Yorkers coronavirus can live in the air for three hours and survive on surfaces amid calls for reopening.
As well as surviving in the air, the virus can live for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel surfaces, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to four hours on copper, Cuomo said.
He addressed the stealthy spread of the virus in relation to the state's reopening strategy after 16 other states submitted their reopening plans to the feds.
"How long does the virus live?" he said. "It's something we need to know and frankly, I think it's something everybody needs to know.
"Just think about this from a transit point of view […] it can live on a vinyl car seat for up to 72 hours, a pole on a bus, or a seat on bus.
"This was a shock to me: when they were talking about droplets I thought it was a droplet and then it falls. But it's a droplet that can hang in the air for three hours – I don't even know how that works."
Cuomo urged people to "factor that in," as well as the fact that there were infected people who were asymptomatic.
Although hospitalizations and intubation rates were declining, the rate of new patients being admitted was still relatively flat in-state, he said.
Cuomo told reporters rates needed to be on a steady decline for two weeks before the stay-home orders were lifted, revealing that they were ramping up daily tests from 20,000 to 40,000.
After blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statements about "blue state bailouts" – which he described as the "most ugly statement of all time" – Cuomo explained why New experienced so much infection.
From January until the state's March 19 shutdown, around 13,000 flights from Europe landed in New York and New Jersey airports carrying 2.2 million passengers.
"The flights from Europe landed in New York," Cuomo said. "That's why we have the coronavirus cases."
"The virus probably got on a plane in China and came here," he added. "The European flights landed here, that’s why New York has coronavirus cases."
Cuomo noted that the travel ban on China was issued two months after the virus emerged in Wuhan, China, saying "the horse had already left the barn by the time we moved."
"We closed the front door with a China travel ban which was right but we left the back door open because the virus had left China," the governor said. "An outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere."
During the conference, Cuomo also read out a letter from a farmer in northeast Kansas who sent an N95 mask to help out hard-hit medics in the Empire State.
"It's that love that courage that generosity of spirit that makes this country so beautiful," he said.
"And makes Americans so beautiful, and it's that generosity of spirit, for me, makes up for all the ugliness that you see. Take one mask, I'll keep four."
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