Dear Members of the Baylor College of Medicine Community,
It has been a pretty good week in the battle against COVID-19. The numbers for the Texas Medical Center area (nine counties) are encouraging. In this week’s video, I discuss the opening of colleges and schools, as well as what a large gathering can do in terms of spreading the virus. It turns out that colleges and a motorcycle rally do share some things in common. Be prepared for a spike within two weeks after Labor Day and schools reopening. You should not be surprised by it, and as long as we stick to public health measures, we can control the virus.
The virus has changed our world and continues to do so, but we will get through it. Nineteen years ago today, I was in New York City when planes hit the World Trade Center. That was a crisis no one expected, but the country pulled together and became stronger. I will never forget that day, and I am sure you will not either. Almost two decades later, it still seems so recent. Please take a moment today to think of those lost that day in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, and all the heroes who helped.
Hope you have a restful weekend. Please be safe.
Paul Klotman. M.D.
President & CEO