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Dr. Anderson: Moonshine Festival could be a risk
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Dr. Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine in Dawsonville. - photo by Jessica Taylor

By Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine 

An interesting fact about the 1918 Spanish Flu. When the number of new cases started to show a downturn instead of trickling to nothing it just suddenly quit. No explanation for this to happen. But we see this in other viral illnesses too. Annual influenza starts out with a few cases a week, then all of sudden we are overwhelmed with new cases. Then just as suddenly as it began, it quits. No trickling down, just a sudden stop.  Perhaps, and hopefully, COVID-19 will do the same. Just a sudden stop.  

However, we must continue doing as we are doing now. You guessed it: wear a mask. There is one other option that can be very helpful. Become a social vegan. Wait for it. You guessed it again: No meet. 

I like kids. I love kids. I have delivered a lot of kids, I even have a few kids myself. No, not goats but children. I had to say that before I say this. K.A.R.E. for Kids is, in my opinion, acting irresponsibly in putting the health of our county at risk by insisting that the general public does not have to wear masks at the Moonshine Festival. 

The news is full of stories where big events are held, no masks are worn, no mention of social distancing, and there is a spike in COVID-19 cases.  The City Council has some culpability in this also by allowing it. Festivals, sporting events, concerts, etc. have been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Kids ARE special, but K.A.R.E. is not when it comes to holding an event. They make their money on the sale of vendor space and parking but not on the sales at the festival. They should come up with a different business plan and adapt to changing circumstances. 

My advice to you, the reader, is to stay home, send K.A.R.E a nice donation for their worthy cause -- as I will do-- and encourage others to not attend. We do not need to import more COVID-19 cases into our county.  

Thanks for reading.