New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just came clean in stunning fashion. Cuomo admitted he oversaw a debacle on pandemic projections which some claim led to a shortsighted lockdown.
The facts remain we have no idea what is going on with this pandemic and we are learning we will have to live with it for a while still.
Look, Americans did the right thing when faced with these doomsday predictions but if they were wrong you can’t expect us to stay inside forever. We need common sense solutions and they are not coming from Cuomo, although this is a good first step.
From Fox News:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted Monday that coronavirus projections from experts were all wrong — and he’s getting out of the business of speculating because of it.
Cuomo said he can’t predict when the hospitalization and death rate numbers will drop to the necessary threshold required for reopening certain regions because as he put it, “we all failed” at predicting.
“Now, people can speculate. People can guess. I think next week, I think two weeks, I think a month,” Cuomo told reporters on Memorial Day. “I’m out of that business because we all failed at that business. Right? All the early national experts. Here’s my projection model. Here’s my projection model. They were all wrong. They were all wrong.”
Cuomo’s rare admission came during an event at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City when a reporter asked the governor when hard-hit New York City might reopen.
Cuomo mentioned the statewide criteria that regions needed to hit to phase out of quarantine, which included a 14-day decline in coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths. But, he admitted he didn’t “want to guess” when the Big Apple could meet the benchmark because past projections have been wrong.
“There are a lot of variables. I understand that. We didn’t know what the social distancing would actually amount to.
I get it, but we were all wrong,” Cuomo said. “So, I’m sort of out of the guessing business, right? We watched the numbers.
We prepare as the numbers drop, so when the number actually hits the threshold, we’re ready to go. We just finished that. We’re in the midst of that with Long Island, Mid-Hudson region, etc. But… I don’t want to guess.”
Cuomo revealed Saturday that for the first time since March 24, daily deaths in New York dropped below 100 and Long Island was set to meet the criteria he set out for a phase-one reopening this week.
Under the metrics, regions must have a decline in hospitalizations and deaths and meet testing and contact-tracing benchmarks.