By Dr. Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine
Gov. Kemp signed an executive order allowing certain gatherings to be mask-free under certain conditions that went into effect at midnight on Saturday, May 1. A local organization held its annual event that evening. At first, it was a “masks are mandatory” event. After the executive order, that was changed to a “masks are optional” event. It is not good to change horses in the middle of the stream. Too late for those who bought tickets for a “masks are mandatory” event.
COVID-19 is still alive and well in Dawson County. Yes, our numbers are falling but we are still getting new cases. Some people did leave when they saw no one was wearing masks as they felt the risk was not worth it. Was changing the mask requirements a good idea? Only time will tell.
Just a reminder that the vaccine does not put you in a bubble. The risk for COVID-19 now is more for those who have not been vaccinated. They should continue to wear masks when around people.
We need to get back to using ordinary common sense more than ever. Being diligent in protecting each other is more important than ever. Encourage all to get vaccinated. Follow guidelines when the movie theatres open up again. We all want to get to the new normal and have our lives back to where we can feel free and safe again.
Wear your mask when appropriate. Thanks for reading.