It’s impossible not to be reminded of Georgia’s high-profile stature in the world as COVID-19 preparations, precautions and related effects continue to unfold. Having the world’s busiest airport and nationally important global shipping ports within our borders puts Georgia on the front lines of possible impact from coronavirus’s effects on economic activity and public health. And reminds us that the two are very tightly intertwined, as the financial markets are painfully showing us.
It’s incumbent on all of us, and especially our elected and public health officials, to be proactive and assertive in moving to contain the spread of COVID-19 in coming days and weeks. That, and frequent, honest communication with the public can help maintain the calm that is necessary for an orderly society and financial markets alike.