Let’s get Missouri back to work - safely!

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In Blaine’s Bulletin, June 17, 2020, Representative Luetkemeyer appears to support the lack of social distancing exercised by the crowds at Lake of the Ozarks on Memorial Day weekend. While we in the Missouri 3rd District may be fortunate not to have experienced a catastrophic spread of infection, others in Missouri and the U.S. have not been so lucky. Within the past two weeks, Missourians in the 7th District are experiencing a 5-10 fold increase of COVID-19 cases (in Jasper, Newton and MacDonald Counties) and overall in Missouri, there were more than 18,000 new cases. A single event such as occurred in Skagit, Wash., can have disastrous consequences:   

“Following a 2.5-hour choir practice attended by 61 persons, including a symptomatic index patient, 32 confirmed and 20 probable secondary COVID-19 cases occurred (attack rate = 53.3% to 86.7%); three patients were hospitalized, and two died. Transmission was likely facilitated by close proximity (within 6 feet) during practice, and augmented by the act of singing.

What are the implications for public health practice?

The potential for superspreader events underscores the importance of physical distancing, including avoiding gathering in large groups, to control spread of COVID-19. Enhancing community awareness can encourage symptomatic persons and contacts of ill persons to isolate or self-quarantine to prevent ongoing transmission.    Source: U.S.Center for Disease Control.

Please, practice common sense, safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control – these include Social Distancing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

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