Adams said he anticipates the virus to linger and affect the nation for not simply weeks – like some people optimistically hope – but months.
“This is not a two-week issue,” he said on the podcast’s 115th episode, which was released early Monday following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily COVID-19 briefing. “We’re looking potentially to peak in June, and it could go all the way to August. This is not a shut down for two weeks.
“Our hotels are closing,” he added. “We’re laying off hundreds and thousands of employees. Our restaurants are closing. Our churches, that are already dealing with crisis, they’re closing. Our teachers and our entire school system is under attack.”
Henry – who works as a national weather reporter and video journalist at Accuweather - covered a story in Sunset Park over the weekend on New York citizens attempting to get air and practice social distancing amid the pandemic. He noted that not everyone was on the same page.
“So I’m there, and I noticed people were practicing social distancing, but I saw people playing basketball, soccer, and I’m like, ‘what are you doing?’ Henry explained.
“People really have not completely comprehended where we’re at,” Adams later responded. “And I know it’s sort of difficult because we live in a country, for the most part, that has been stable. Outside of 9/11, we don’t have attacks on our shores. We don’t know what it is to hear bomb sirens.
“We’re used to our freedom,” he continued. “China could shut down the whole country and nobody is going to argue. We take a lot of pride in saying, ‘you know what, you’re not going to tell me what to do.’ We’ve actually been penalized because we live in such a free society, but we really now need to understand what this means.”
Asked if one of the worst effects of the virus’ narrative was the initial push to disregard the impact of the disease could have on young people, Adams agreed. Cuomo noted over the weekend that 54 percent of coronavirus cases are people between 18 and 49 years old.
“Narratives are so important, and now people are trying to pull that back because some of the medical experts are showing that there’s a long-term effect on young people,” Adams said. “They may not be dying from it at the rate of those with pre-existing conditions, those dealing with health disorders, but the fact is from some of the stuff I’m reading from medical professionals, is that it’s having an impact on their breathing capacity, it’s having an impact on their lungs, and so, now we have to change that narrative.”
The full episode with Adams is available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio.