Over the last several weeks, there has been a more significant concern around the coronavirus as it has continued to spread around the world. The United States has now been hard over the last month with its number of confirmed cases for the virus being the most that any country has. That has seen the state of New York becoming hit the hardest for any part of the nation. It has seen a great need for increased medical supplies that are quickly becoming a shortage. With that in mind, former New York Knicks star point guard Stephon Marbury stepping with a considerable move to lend a helping hand to those in need.
New York hit hard by coronavirus
With the spread of the coronavirus continuing to ramp up around the United States, the state of New York has been hit the hardest.
That has already led to nearly 60,000 cases and nearly 1,000 deaths from the virus in the area as of Sunday morning. There is an estimated increase of about 237 deaths over the previous 24 hours.
It has put the entire country on greater alert and a more significant need to provide more supplies to help those that need medical attention. What has become an even greater concern is these supply lines are already below what is needed to treat the rising amount of cases.
There has been a greater need for added help in that area, in which a former Knicks star has stepped up in a major way to aid the effort.
Stephon Marbury steps up with medical masks
The steady increase in the cases arising in New York has put a greater importance on the need to have more medical supplies to treat the growing number of people that have contracted the virus.
According to Rich Calder of the New York Post, Marbury has quickly worked out a deal with a mask supplier in China to sell New York 10 million N95 masks for hospital workers and other first responders dealing with the coronavirus.
Marbury, who played in the NBA 14 years before moving overseas to become a legend in the Chinese Basketball Association, told The Post he’s made arrangements with a mask supplier in China willing to sell New York 10 million masks “at cost” for $2.75 each – well below the roughly $7.50 that N95 retailers have been quoting the state.
It is quite a noble act by Marbury to help bring much-needed supplies to the health care workers that need it. What is more encouraging about the situation is that they are being sold well below the rate that retailers are quoting to New York.
Marbury is working with Eric Adams, who is a likely 2021 mayoral candidate, to help bring in the masks. Adams has previously worked with the former NBA star in his local charities in the past. Marbury’s effort had decided to lend a helping after he learned that New York lacked protective gear.
Will more follow in Stephon Marbury’s footsteps?
It has become an increasingly dire situation for the United States with a growing number of coronavirus cases.
There may not be many players that have as many ties to places outside the United States that can help the efforts, but it’s something that could spark more help. What may be more encouraging is that supplies could come from China, given that they have made strides in the right direction with the decreasing number of cases and more people recovering.
It’s still a developing situation across the globe with other countries such as Spain and Italy being hit quite hard themselves; there is still much work to be done to head in the right direction around the world.