The city has changed some of its guidelines for how to go about your life as the coronavirus continues to spread in New York City.
Many of the recommendations are the same — continue washing your hands, only sneeze or cough into your elbow, and stay home if you’re sick. But others are new.
Among the new guidelines is a recommendation for elderly people or people with certain conditions not to attend gatherings “If you have chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or a weakened immune system, avoid unnecessary events and gatherings,” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. If you don’t feel weel, don’t visit your elderly relatives.
In addition, the city is now telling people not to get on trains if they’re too crowded. Instead, wait for the next train or use another method of transportation.
“Plan to have some extra travel time in your commute,” de Blasio wrote. “If the train that pulls up is too packed, move to a different car or wait to take the next one. Bike or walk to work if you can.”
People should also consider heading to work at less-crowded times (maybe send those first emails from home and then go in?) or telecommuting.
One way to get Coronavirus alerts from the city is to text Covid to the number 692-692.
(And it’s worth noting: While sick and elderly people are most vulnerable to the disease, otherwise-healthy adults have also become very ill from it.)
The city guidelines are included in the poster images below: