The state of Georgia, in partnership with healthcare organizations and the Georgia National Guard, is continuing to expand testing and develop better treatment. The state Department of Public Health continues to push education and the need for effective contact tracing protocols as it works with the education system and post-secondary institutions to plan and adapt for an uncertain future. But, as with most day-to-day challenges, government can only do its part to protect, serve and foster a safe environment. Grand lockdown strategies are not reasonable for the long-term. And, at some point, as we move into the second phase of this global health crisis, businesses and individuals must take greater responsibility. In order to flatten the curve, keep businesses open, and protect families, we must act with resolve.
So, what can we do? First, understand that knowledge is power, and we know much more about COVID-19 now than we did just a few months ago. We know that poorly ventilated areas and close contact spread the virus more rapidly than any other means. We know that younger people are now seeing a spike and rural areas are starting to see additional cases. We know that prolonged exposure is problematic. We know researchers are making progress on unraveling the virus. However, we also know that coordinated leadership, as witnessed in Albany, can turn the tide when we view the matter of global health as a nonpartisan issue.