Sunday at his daily coronavirus press conference, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried again to get people to voluntarily stay at home to prevent the spread of the disease, saying he had been in the city yesterday and saw people out in public spaces and parks like "it was just a bright, sunny Saturday."
"I don't know what I'm saying that people don't get," he said. "I was in these parks. You would not know that anything is going on. You would think it was just a bright, sunny Saturday... This is just a mistake. It's a mistake. It's insensitive. It's arrogant. It's self-destructive. It's disrespectful to other people."
"This is not life as usual. None of this is life as usual. This kind of density, we talk about social distancing, I was in these parks and you would not know that anything was going on," he also said.
GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: Fact one, young people can get the coronavirus.
They are wrong when they say they can't get it. They can get it. 18-49-year-olds represent 53% of the total cases in New York. This is not China, this is not South Korea, on the theory that American youths have a superior immune system than in China -- that is not correct. In New York, 53% of the cases 18 to 49 years old.
Second fact, older people and those with compromised immune systems or underlying illnesses can die from the coronavirus. You are right, the 18-49-year-old, it is probably not legal, but you can get it and you can get sick, and it is a nasty illness, and then you can transfer it to someone else. That is the case for young people.
Older people, obviously, if you are a vulnerable person, it can be lethal. Both facts are true and both facts have to be understood.
Young people can get it, you will get sick, you probably won't die, but you can transfer it to someone who may very well die. And you can transfer it even inadvertently without knowing you are doing it. You can touch a service, walk away, a day later someone can sit at this table and put their hand in the same place and contract the virus.
I was in New York City yesterday, it was a pretty day. There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate. You would think there was nothing going on in parts of New York City. You would think it was just a bright, sunny Saturday.
I don't know what I'm saying that people don't get. I'm normally accused of being overly blunt and direct, and I take that. It's true. I don't know what they are not understanding. This is not life as usual. None of this is life as usual. This kind of density, we talk about social distancing, I was in these parks and you would not know that anything was going on.
This is just a mistake. It's a mistake. It is insensitive, it is arrogant, it is self- destructive, it is disrespectful to other people. And it has to stop and it has to stop now. This is not a joke and I am not kidding.