Taking a look at the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Health, there seems to be a slight slowing in our area in the rate of increase of COVID-19 cases.
The number of cases continues to grow but not as rapidly as the previous week.
Gov. Brian Kemp takes that slowing as proof he was right to be the first state in the nation to relieve public restrictions during the pandemic.
I’m not so sure that’s true. I, for one, and many other people I know are continuing to observe smart practices during the pandemic despite the governor’s decision to open the state back up.
People are hesitant to throw caution to the wind and treat COVID-19 like it was nothing more than the common flu.
According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics, from Feb. 1 to May 16, 2020, there were 67,008 COVID-19 deaths as compared to 6,207 flu deaths. Pneumonia, by the way, claimed 86,063 lives during the same time period. Of course, those figures grow daily. Stay tuned.