The Big Apple’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs were still largely shuttered last summer, but that didn’t stop New Yorkers from keeping busy — with each other.
The five boroughs saw rates for sexually transmitted diseases jump back to pre-pandemic levels by July 2020, just a month after the state’s initial lockdown orders were lifted and replaced by social distancing rules that forced most other activities outside.
The stats released Wednesday by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that chlamydia and syphilis case tallies that month pounded the numbers posted in July 2019.
The growth in syphilis was so pronounced that 2020
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