You’ve done a great job so far Florida… now we need more data.
Current news reports from around the country show people protesting and rallying for the re-opening of their economies and a return to a regular way of life. The emotional and financial hardship that forced isolation causes, impacts each of us in different ways and when someone is struggling to pay the rent or put food on the table, you can easily see their point of view. It's just plain difficult and there are no two ways about it. Having said that, as a nation we have to remember this: COVID-19 knows no political affiliation, understands no racial, financial, or geographic boundaries, and has no cure. It is nefarious and if we are not smart and united, it will exploit the cracks between us and continue to create havoc. Jumping the gun is potentially lethal so we need to be patient and let science, data, and common sense guide our way to re-opening our economies and our lives again. Data is the key to bringing about change to current lockdown policies. Data allows policymakers to better understand the trajectory of the infection rate of COVID-19 and the ability to plan an organized re-opening of our state, faster.
Go and get tested.
How do we get more data? Through increased testing and Florida is leading the way. Remember a few weeks ago when we wrote about flattening the curve and making sure that the health care system doesn’t get overwhelmed? Well click here for some very quick statistics on where Florida stands in relation to the rest of the country when it comes to testing and flattening the curve. You’ve done a great job so far Florida because you paid attention, played by the rules, and took care of yourself and your loved ones, so you’ve done better than anyone predicted! Now the experts need more data…specifically about people who do not show symptoms, but test positive anyway...it’s how this nasty bug spreads without anyone knowing. The last paragraph of this editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine says it all “…broadened SARS-CoV-2 testing to include asymptomatic persons...”
So if you were exposed to someone who tested positive or whom you believe had symptoms, mild or otherwise, go and get tested. There are walk-up and drive-through testing facilities currently being under-utilized throughout the state and licensed pharmacies are authorized to administer the tests.
The data from this testing will allow state and local governments to better deploy resources, contain further outbreaks, and more rapidly execute on a planned and organized lifting of the lockdown…It’s the smart thing to do.
As you can see from the links above, every day there is progress being made and the changes we’re all looking for are coming. We need to continue to follow the current guidelines, stay fit (make sure you get your flu vaccine this year!), go outside in a socially distant way, eat right, get tested and continue to be patient…this isn’t over yet, but relief is on the way.
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