Protecting Public Health does not mean Shutting Down

I don’t think we’ve been clear enough on this .. which has subsequently created a vacuum for broad sets of misinterpretation on every side.

I posted “We Need to Learn to Live With It ..” back in May, where I highlight my observations of COVID-19 .. but while “I’m not a Doctor ..” (I’m still not), I’m very plugged into this stuff. For reference:

We can live with it. We maintain our distance, wash our hands, wear our masks, avoid large crowds. With these mitigations, we can reduce the spread and reduce the virus reservoir that is hiding out there, just waiting for us to forget to be careful.

But we don’t.

So, here we are .. we need to get back to basics. “Follow the Data .. Not the Date“ (we don’t). “Behave Like you have it ..” (we don’t) and “Let’s Not Undo ..“ (we have).

Today: Wikipedia (updated with current numbers) says:

“The COVID-19 pandemic was first detected in the U.S. state of Georgia on March 2, 2020. The state’s first death came ten days later on March 12. As of October 13, 2020, there were 333,304 confirmed cases, 29,6762 hospitalizations, and 7,454 deaths. All of Georgia’s 159 counties now report COVID-19 cases, with four counties (Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb) now reporting over 19,000 cases each. Three low-population counties (Early, Randolph and Terrell) have higher per capita case rates and death rates than New York City.”

From the post above: On October 13, COVID-19 cases in Georgia stood at 333,304 with 7,454 deaths in the state .. close enough to 10x where we were in April.

In the US, over 216,000 deaths as of today.

We’re (still) doing it wrong. We’re still getting bad information from the top. While we’re grateful with a rapid (albeit far better staffed and managed than regular citizens) recovery by our President, we are amplifying the public understanding of the disease.

We have to fix this .. we can fix this .. you can fix this.

Be smart. Be an adult. Do the right thing. Stay home when you can. Wear a mask when you cannot.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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