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More than 100 children in New York are thought to be suffering from a rare disease linked to the virus.

New York state health officials are investigating more than 100 cases of a rare and dangerous inflammatory syndrome that affects children and appears to be linked to the coronavirus, officials said.

So far, three deaths in the state have been linked to the disease, known as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome and causes lethal inflammation in critical organs, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Tuesday.

Over half of the state’s pediatric inflammatory syndrome cases – 57% – involved children between the ages of 5 and 14.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 82 cases of the syndrome, which has symptoms that overlap with those of toxic shock or Kawasaki disease, had been reported in New York, an increase of 30 from the previous day.

Among the dead was a 5-year-old boy, who passed away last week At New York; a 7 year old boy in Westchester County and an 18 year old girl in Long Island.

“This is a truly disturbing situation,” said Cuomo during his press conference on Tuesday. “And I know the parents of the state and the country are very concerned about this, and they should be.”

In March, as the city began to gradually close with the pandemic, tens of thousands of workers in the towers of Manhattan left their offices.

The research firm Nielsen also came to a similar conclusion. Even after the pandemic ends, its 3,000 workers in the city will no longer need to spend eight hours a day at the office. They will now be able to work from home for most of the week.

“Is it really necessary?” said Diane M. Ramirez, Executive Director of Halstead, which has more than 1,000 agents in the New York area. “I think about it for a long time. For the future, will people want to hurry in the offices? ”

But for a place like Manhattan, which has the largest business district in the country, the loss of tens of thousands of workers would likely affect the transit, restaurant and trade industries. State and city taxes would also suffer.

The crisis forced these companies to work from home and now its leaders have realized that it is not necessary for all their employees to return. Unexpectedly, homework turned out to be doable.

If so, companies are questioning whether it is worth spending millions of dollars on Manhattan’s exorbitant rents and whether fewer people in the office could reduce the risk to public health.

As dozens of workers showed up at the New Lab building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this week, many chose to be equipped with a device that, its creators hope, may be among the tools that help revive the economy.

The cell phone-sized gadget, known as the FUSE sensor, is worn around the chest via a fabric harness. It was invented by StrongArm Technologies, which is based at the Navy Yard, to help warehouse workers avoid injuries by alerting them with buzzing lights and flashing lights of possible dangers.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the company modified the device to help contain the spread of the virus in two ways.

First, when two people with sensors approach within six feet of each other, the strobe lights flash, effectively reinforcing social distancing.

The device has also been redesigned to track those with whom a carrier comes into contact at work, the type of information that is essential to find a sick person who may have been exposed to the virus.

“It’s a non-invasive way to protect yourself,” said Sean Petterson, CEO of StrongArm.

Workers who chose to try the sensors on Tuesday visited a table filled with rows of black devices mounted in charging stations. StrongArm workers wearing face masks distributed sensors, harnesses and mounting instructions.

Vlad Preoteasa, director of information technology at the New Lab, was among those who attached a sensor. He said that although he did not consider it a “safety blanket”, he was keen to participate in a program that could benefit others.

Sensors can track not only who a user has come in contact with, but also how far they have come and for how long, while being able to locate parts of a building that require thorough cleaning, a said Shaun Stewart, general manager of the New Lab.

Those who have been exposed are informed privately by email, and an online dashboard that is widely visible displays examples of exhibitions, anonymously.

As New York progresses steadily in its fight against the virus and three regions in the north of the state are preparing to begin a gradual reopening by this weekend, Cuomo reiterated on Tuesday the importance of the federal aid as the state plans to resume.

The number of people hospitalized in New York has continued to decline, said Cuomo, one of the main parameters that officials are monitoring to assess whether the severity of the epidemic is decreasing.

The number of new daily hospitalizations fell close to what it was on March 19, just before Mr. Cuomo issued executive decrees closing much of the state.

“We are making real progress, there is no doubt about it,” said Cuomo. “But there is no doubt that this is not the time to become arrogant, not the time to become arrogant.”

While issuing the warning, Cuomo urged Washington lawmakers to provide state and local governments whose budgets have been devastated by the pandemic the financial assistance they need to rebound.

“For this economy to work, we will need a smart stimulus bill,” said Cuomo.

As the New York Times is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, we need your help. We want to talk to doctors, nurses, lab technicians, respiratory therapists, emergency workers, nursing home managers – anyone who can share what’s going on in hospitals and other health centers. health of the region.

A reporter or editor can contact you. Your information will not be published without your consent.

The reports were provided by Michael Gold, Matthew Haag, Azi Paybarah and Nate Schweber.

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