and 2/1000 people * 1% IFR => 20%
From my understanding they are not hit any harder than other groups, they are just way more visible.
Widespread mask usage doesn't happen in NYC, same as the rest of the U.S. It's very recent this is practiced in the U.S., whether voluntarily or by order of a handful of local governments. And in my local area where it's not mandatory I only see about 3 in 4 using masks.
NYC has a culture of yelling.
Compared to California, NY locked down much later and did it in slow, incremental steps.