An Emory health expert tweeted a warning Saturday to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp: If the governor doesn’t shut down the state, Georgia will reach the point of “no return” in the state’s ability to deal with the spread of the new coronavirus.
Dr. Carlos Del Rio is an expert in pandemics and chairs the global health department at Emory University. He works at the executive associate dean for Emory at Grady.
“We need @GovKemp to act now, the point of ‘no return’ for GA is rapidly closing. To prevent a catastrophe in the healthcare system due to #COVID19 we need for him to shut down GA now.” Del Rio also shares a link to this work on COVIDActNow.org, predicting what he believes could happen if no action is taken. The website predicts that Tuesday will be the “point of no return” for Georgia when hospitals will be overwhelmed with positive cases of the coronavirus.
“We are in a critical time to make interventions and to try to contain the spread,” said Del Rio during a Facebook live Q&A. “And, if we don’t do them today, cases are going to continue to grow at a very rapid pace.” He also recommended that Georgia should follow the French government’s methods.
“The French government has put the whole city of Paris in a lockdown for 45 days,” he said. “So, we need to do this. We should not wait until things have gone off the rails to do something.” Do you agree with this decision on a state wide shutdown?