The truly shocking number in the clip below is the fact that only 18 percent of recent hospitalizations came from nursing homes despite Cuomo’s own policy having turned them into death traps.
But yeah, it’s surprising that two-thirds of hospitalizations involved people who were supposed to be at low risk of infection because they were isolated at home. Cuomo says he and his brain trust expected to find higher rates among front-line workers or people who ride the subway frequently for whatever reason, but nope. It’s older people, most of them retired or unemployed, sitting at home to ride out the epidemic and getting infected anyway. How is that happening?
One theory would be that many New Yorkers are chafing at the lockdown and are secretly socializing, leading to transmissions. I know personally of two cases like that, both involving men in their 70s with underlying health problems, and neither case ended well. But the most likely explanation is the simplest one, I think: Family. Some older people who live alone may have been infected by visiting family members who dropped by to keep them company. Others may live full-time with family members who need to be out and about every day and picked up the virus in their travels, bringing it back home with them.