The Mayo man in New York teaching fitness classes from his rooftop
Séamus Keane, from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, lives in Manhattan and is fitness trainer.
What has the mood been like in New York during the pandemic?
At the beginning there was a sense of panic and alarm as the coronavirus infection numbers grew every day. But in true New York spirit that was short lived and the mood quickly turned to a sense of hope. Everyone banded together and have admirably worked through, especially it this past month. This week number of deaths was below 100 in the city for the first time in over a month, which sadly is still a lot of people to die but it’s much lower than normal. There have been more than 16,000 deaths from Covid-19 in New York City.
Are you glad you stayed in New York during the crisis?
As of now I’m glad I stayed. The main reason I didn’t go home to Ireland at the start was because New York was the epicentre of the virus and Ireland was relatively unaffected, so I thought there might be a high chance of me being asymptomatic and carrying the virus unknowingly. I didn’t want to contribute to spreading anything by travelling unnecessarily. In saying that, I’m looking forward to getting back to Ireland. As soon as it’s safe I plan to go home for a few weeks.
Why did you leave Ireland?
I first came to New York with three of my closest friends in 2015 to go on adventure and ...
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