New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is not afraid to die if necessary and has vowed to protect the city’s hospitals from a possible coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday, de Blasio was asked if he was prepared to die in the event of an influenza pandemic and the city was forced to close its hospitals and public transit services.
De Blasio said that he would “fight and fight” for the city and the public and said he has no regrets about using public money to help cover his costs during the coronaviral pandemic that ravaged the nation in 2013 and 2014.
But he also said he is willing to die to save the city, which he described as the “capital of the world.”
“I’m not going to get out of this.
I’ve fought hard to survive.
If I die, I will fight and fight to save this city,” he said.
“If it’s not in our interests, I’ll do what I have to do to get it done.”
De Blasio also said that the city would “get better” in its health care and public transportation systems, adding that the region would be “very much better off” if more people went to the hospital and took their own medications.
He said that if the city could not maintain its current healthcare system and public transport, it would be a mistake to shut down hospitals.
“We’re going to make some major changes, but if you have no other option, we have to make sure that we’re ready,” he told the Journal.
The mayor was one of the most outspoken public health officials in the nation after the 2014 pandemic, and in December 2015, he declared a state of emergency.
In January, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a sweeping order to shut the city down by the end of February.
But the city is still working to make adjustments to the way its public transportation system works and has been forced to make major changes to how it manages the emergency.
The New York Post reported Friday that de Blasio is planning to launch a new citywide pilot program to test new ways to treat patients with influenza in the coming months.
The program is scheduled to begin by the fall.
The program, which has not yet been announced, would involve a pilot program for people with an infection with H1N1 or a coronaviruses, a coronavia virus, a virus linked to other diseases and a non-H1N2 strain.
De Blasio is not involved in the new program.
“I think we’re going in a very different direction than we have been for years,” he acknowledged, adding, “We are going to have to start figuring out what our next steps are going the right way.”
A study released Friday by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that patients with H3N2 were much more likely to be admitted to hospitals and other healthcare facilities than people with H5N1, the most common coronavirovet virus.
The study said that H3Ns were more likely than H5Ns to be discharged from hospitals in the United States and were the most commonly diagnosed group.