The seemingly relentless stream of negative news can sometimes cause life to feel uncertain and depressing, but I promise that there is hope. We will defeat the coronavirus. When that day comes, our economy, our healthcare system, and our nation as a whole will be stronger for it.
While the virus continues to pose a low risk to most Americans, we must think of the most vulnerable and high risk among us. It is our patriotic duty to help slow the spread of coronavirus and prevent others from becoming infected. To protect our community, it is important that we all follow President Trump’s new guidelines:
- If you feel sick, stay home and don’t go to work. If your children become sick, keep them home and don’t send then to school. If you or someone in your home tests positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household home. Contact your medical provider for guidance.
- If you are older or have a serious underlying health condition that puts you at higher risk, stay home and try to avoid contact with others.
- Work from home and homeschool the kids as much as possible.
- Avoid social gatherings of groups of 10 or more people. Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts and instead use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
- Don’t travel unless necessary – put off things like shopping or social visits.
- Do not visit nursing homes, retirement communities, or long-term care facilities unless you are doing so to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene! Wash your hands, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces as much as possible.
I know some of these measures may be inconvenient, but our nation’s top medical minds believe these guidelines will help contain the COVID-19 outbreak and save lives.
As the virus continues to do its worst, we are witnessing instances of humanity at its best: Italian neighbors singing together from balconies to brighten the mood; Spanish families coming up with creative ways to play games together through quarantines; and teachers providing lessons and tutoring online to keep school children engaged right here in America.
Just as you would expect, we’re seeing our own community here in Georgia come together to help our fellow Americans. In Walton County, the volunteers with the nonprofit “Faith In Serving Humanity” (F.I.S.H.) are gathering canned goods, hygiene items, and bread as part of an emergency Fish4Kids program to provide meals to school children missing lunches.
In Columbia County, dozens of local businesses, churches, and other organizations are teaming up with the school district to provide “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches for students. In Baldwin County, school employees and community volunteers are preparing food to deliver through its mobile meal route to children in need.
While the virus remains a serious threat, it is important that we remain proactive while encouraging others through simple acts of kindness and generosity. Below are photos of my staff and others hard at work to serve their local community.