SAYS IT’S TOO EARLY TO TRY ‘HERD IMMUNITY’
A Nottoway County doctor on the front line in the region’s battle against COVID-19 worries that Southside Virginians are letting down their guards as days grow longer, weather gets warmer, and pressure mounts to re-open America’s crippled economy.
Dr. Clay Hall, who’s administered about 40 tests for the novel coronavirus, says he’s “very concerned. I’m not seeing everyone take this as seriously as they should around here. I go to suburban areas and see people wearing masks, spread apart, waiting their turns to be let inside a store. But here in rural Southside, you’ve got many people not wearing masks and breathing down your neck in the cereal aisle.”
Wants To See More Masks
Hall is a managing partner at Crewe Medical Center, which is one of this area’s few COVID testing centers. He urges all residents to wear masks when venturing to public places -- not just for themselves -- “but to be courteous and not spread to others. Why would you NOT want to wear a mask and help save lives?”
Hall says Southside Virginia must avoid a big spike, which would increase the risks of COVID sweeping through this area’s prisons and nursing homes and threatening those residents and staff. “If everybody ‘behaves’ and is altruistic and courteous, we may be able to get out of this thing with kids going back to school in the Fall.”
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