COVID-19 and AIDS crisis: NYC gays see parallels, contrasts

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBT New Yorkers who lived through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s see some grim parallels in the COVID-19 pandemic now wracking their city. But more so, they stress the differences. Now, they share the same plight as their fellow citizens while the federal government is pledging trillions of dollars to cope with the pandemic. Back then they were marginalized in the face of indifference from government leaders and much of the public. According to New York City’s health department, more than 62,000 people died of AIDS in New York between 1981 and 1995. COVID-19 has killed more than 5,600 in the city in just four weeks