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The vaccines are here, but we can’t let our guard down

The vaccines are here, but we can’t let our guard down

The article “Pandemic backlash jeopardizes public health powers, leaders” hit close to home. I’m vice chairman of an Atlanta-area board of health, but I feel powerless. 

Dave, a close friend, died of COVID-19 in November. We met in 2011. He was a SCORE Association volunteer, doing free mentoring for small businesses. He was sharp, a retired banker. I was also retired, a former healthcare executive. I began mentoring businesses with him. Dave eventually stopped volunteering, but we remained close. 

When Dave came down with COVID, he called me. Dave was in good health. He said he had the virus for a week, but that it just felt like a cold. However, a few days later, Dave was brought to a hospital by ambulance and put on a ventilator. He later died.

Yes, vaccines are now being administered.

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