Coronavirus Fight Set To Become More Challenging As Weather Improves, Mayor Bill de Blasio Says

De Blasio urged New Yorkers to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and, if they go out, to do so for only as long as they need to. 

Coronavirus Fight Set To Become More Challenging As Weather Improves, Mayor Bill de Blasio Says

DATELINE (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said as weather conditions improve, the battle against coronavirus may get more difficult as people are increasingly tempted to be outdoors.

De Blasio urged New Yorkers to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and, if they go out, to do so for only as long as they need to.

“We’re not going back to normal until we’ve proven we’ve beaten back this disease,” de Blasio said. “We do not want to see this disease boomerang.”

De Blasio said the city has added 1,400 volunteer health care workers to help give staffs at hospitals a chance to rest and recover.

“They will be assigned to over 40 hospitals” and more than 40 nursing homes, de Blasio said.

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De Blasio praised and thanked the medical personnel from the U.S. military, saying they have a made a “huge difference” in the fight against COVID-19.

“I could not be more appreciative to everyone in the military for this assistance,” de Blasio said. “I’m thankful to every single one of them.”

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De Blasio called on people to who have tested positive and recovered from COVID-19 to give blood. The plasma in that blood can be of great help for other people afflicted with the coronavirus.

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