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UW medical school dean: Wisconsin must 'reverse course' on COVID-19 trends

Sunday, July 26, 2020  
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July 24, Wisconsin Health News

Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said the state needs to get in a better position when it comes to COVID-19 so it can handle the challenges that will come this fall, including the onset of flu season.

“We’re at a critical point now,” Golden told Wisconsin Health News Tuesday. “Things are not heading in the right direction and we’ve got to reverse course so that we enter into the challenges of fall and beyond with the right kind of momentum.” 

Golden also said the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s plan for bringing undergraduates back this fall is “very thoughtful," but that local and state governments have “to step up" with enforceable public health measures.

“If we don’t have all the public health measures in place, we are basically doing the equivalent of speeding down the highway without a seatbelt on,” he said. “Lives are at stake.”  Read full interview.

Robert N. Golden, MD, DLFAPA is a longtime member of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.