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Dr. Anderson: School has started, now we sit back and wait
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Dr. Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine in Dawsonville. - photo by Jessica Taylor

By Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine 

School has started and now we sit back and wait for what will happen next.  

So far two students have tested positive and 75 students are in a two-week quarantine. That is the right thing to do. 

Now is not the time to be second-guessing Dr. Gibbs. He is the right man at the right time and in the right place for our school system. He truly has the best interest of the students at heart both in terms of their safety and their education. 


Remember, with COVID-19 there is no right choice or wrong choice, except for wearing the mask. It takes courage to make a choice. This is also the right time to have a talk with your school children about self-responsibility. If you do not wear a mask and contract COVID-19, then you have a fair amount of culpability for what you acquire. Do not blame the school system. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and do not wear a mask or stay at home, then shame on you.  Do not be part of the problem.

Tippecanoe and Tyler too is not just the campaign slogan of the Whigs in 1840. It is a reminder to not let standing water accumulate. Turn the canoe over, empty the dish under the flower pot.  We have mosquitoes in Dawson County.  Not exactly a news flash but it is worth saying. We have West Nile mosquitos in DeKalb County. The Health Department has mosquito collection stations active in our county to look for West Nile and other diseases. 

If you are at home and get a mosquito bite then you need to go looking for the water source.  Mosquitoes have a short home range. These are one of yours. Tip the canoe and the water, too.. 

This has nothing to do with it being an election year; wear your mask.  Thanks for reading