By Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine
The news has been full of lessons learned from not thinking far enough out of the box. This is not pointing out blame but looking at a degree of imagination. The Georgia Department of Health did a good job of planning for emergencies and disasters, but it never had one that required refrigeration or freezers to handle critical supplies. Texas did a great job of having its own electrical grid but did not challenge the imagination for such severe cold, and look what happened.
I did a rotation in a small hospital in the middle of nowhere and near nothing. Our disaster training was based on a train wreck or school bus accident. What actually happened was a small commuter airplane fell out of the sky. No deaths and no serious injuries occurred (great pilot). Who would have thought any of that would happen?
So here’s why we are so fortunate to live in Dawson County. In 2008 or so, the county board of commissioners and emergency services department invited physicians, press, educators and various others to hold several tabletop exercises on how to handle an outbreak of Avian Flu. Thanks to no boundaries on imagination, a great deal of out-of-the-box thinking was done. And guess what? Almost all of the things we discussed became the way we have handled the COVID-19 virus.
The impossible will happen. If you can think it, it will happen. If you do not think it, it will happen anyway. Get your vaccine. Wear your mask. Thanks for reading.