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As The Number Of Coronavirus Cases Rises In Georgia, Where Do We Go From Here?

People get tested for COVID-19 at a drive-thru site in Virginia. Georgia is experiencing a record rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19.
People get tested for COVID-19 at a drive-thru site in Virginia. Georgia is experiencing a record rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Credit Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press file

About five months ago, Dr. Carlos del Rio, professor of medicine and global health at Emory University, joined “Closer Look” host Rose Scott to talk about the complexity of the then-new strain of the coronavirus.

At the time, 12 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the United States, and the spread of the  coronavirus had not yet been declared a pandemic.

“The most important thing we need is public health preparedness,” del Rio said back in February.

Now, the same week Georgia’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases surpassed the 100,000 mark, del Rio joined the program again to take a look back at how the state, and nation, got to this point and where public health policymakers should go from here.

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To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.