11:17 am Feb. 7, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes one baby Aspirin every day, he revealed today, during a speech hailing the salutary impacts of electronic medical records on health in New York City.
Following his remarks, Bloomberg took some questions from the press, and aside from one or two about the imminent snowstorm, they dealt mostly with health—the city's, the nation's, and Bloomberg's, too.
First, the city: The worst of the flu epidemic has passed in New York, according to New York City's current health commissioner, Tom Farley, and it has passed in much of the nation, too, according the city's former health commissioner, Tom Frieden, who also made an appearance at the event as head of the Centers for Disease Control.
"Here in New York City, we peaked maybe a couple of weeks ago," said Farley. "We’re on a downslope of the epidemic, but there’s still plenty of cases of flu out there, and they’ll still be out there for several weeks more. So if people haven’t gotten their flu shot yet, there’s still time to do it."
"Nationally, that’s what we’re seeing in much of the country, though out west and in the northwest, we’re continuing to see high rates in recent weeks," agreed Frieden.
Rich Lamb, the WCBS radio reporter, returned to the question of acetylsalicylic acid, and asked the two doctors flanking the mayor, Frieden and Farley, if they could explain the benefits of taking a "little teeny weeny aspirin" a day.
They obliged: it cuts the risk of heart attacks and strokes by reducing blood clotting.
Which prompted the mayor to say the following: "So, sorry for those of you who want to report on my funeral while I’m still in office. I’m on the other side of that. You know, one of my great dreams is that 50 years from now, there’ll be a bunch of directors of a life insurance company sitting around a table, laughing at 'that stupid guy Bloomberg, he’s been paying us premiums for his life insurance policy all these years, and we haven’t had to pay him anything.' You never want to beat your life insurance company, trust me."
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