An illustration of questions marks combined with the COVID-19 virus.
Credit: Sam Bermas-Dawes, GPB News

The Panel: 

Dr. Carlos del Rio — Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady

Dr. Amber Schmidtke — Division Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of St. Mary

Ellen Eldridge — Senior health care reporter, GPB News


The Breakdown: 

1. There is an encouraging decline in COVID cases nationwide and in Georgia. 

  • Dr. Carlos del Rio said he is seeing an all-time low of COVID patients at Grady. 
  • Dr. Amber Schmidtke urged vigilance but said she was optimistic about the historic lows. 


2. The omicron surge and ongoing vaccination efforts immunized many Americans. 


3. Who needs another booster? And when?


4. When and where do people still mask up?

  • Most of Georgia's metro areas have dropped their mask mandate. 
  • COVID measures became a huge issue during this election year. Gov. Brian Kemp signed The "Unmask Georgia Students" Act just last week.  

Dr. del Rio urged a thoughtful approach to masking.

5. What lessons can we learn from this global public health crisis?

  • Eldridge and del Rio said race and public health equity remain major crises.


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