Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, called the coronavirus worse than 9/11 and the financial crash of 2008. Schumer said the uncertainty now is worse than the feeling of uncertainty of more attacks after 9/11. The Senator also cited social isolation the inability of people to congregate in times of crisis as a difficulty people have to face.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: Citizenship now seems to be more important now than it has been for a long time in our lives. Can you just talk to people about what that means? Whether it’s New York or somewhere else to be a good citizen right now? SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), SENATE MINORITY LEADER: I have lived through 9/11. I lost three friends that I knew in the towers. I was there through the crash of 2008. But this is the worst of all for a variety of reasons. First, we’re uncertain as to what is going to happen. There was some uncertainty after 9/11 in the days after we were worried we might be attacked again, but it’s not the same as this. How long is this going to last? Who does it affect? We’re not even certain what is the — who it affects. We’re just learning now that children can be affected by the illness. So there’s that. And then there’s isolation. What New Yorkers — Americans like to come together as we did after 9/11 in times of crisis, but here you can’t. You’re not supposed to be near other people, because obviously it spreads the disease, and I urge people to make sure they keep their distance. But it’s much harder. Having said that, I believe in the spirit of New Yorkers. I’ve talked to a lot of people on the telephone today, and people are willing to do what it takes and overcome this virus and once against bounce back. After 9/11 a lot of people said New York would never bounce back and we came back bigger and stronger.