This is an extraordinary moment for public health. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has shocked the world. We will continue to see the impact of this virus for a long time.
The changes to New York City are striking: schools are closed and Broadway has gone dark. Gatherings of 10 or more people are strongly discouraged. Disparities, racism, and stigma are exacerbated by this crisis, and misinformation is rampant.
Luckily, New York City has an incredible Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where staff are working tirelessly to bring this epidemic under control and keep New Yorkers healthy and safe.
In her recent op-ed for NY Daily News, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the Health Department’s Commissioner, writes about these challenges and changes, as well as the need for New Yorkers, as they always do in tough times, to stick together. You can access this article here.