Last week, the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds roared across the sky over Atlanta, saluting our frontline and healthcare heroes. The gesture was greatly appreciated by those who are risking their lives by taking care of us during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also drew thousands of people outside who wanted to witness the flyover. Many understood that it was only a temporary reprieve from the self-isolation that has kept millions of Georgians inside their homes to prevent them from contracting the virus.

It is also clear that those we spoke with intend to follow the CDC’s guidelines and the advice from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to do everything they can to flatten the curve of the outbreak in the City of Atlanta – even as the state of Georgia re-opens for business against the advice of many in the medical community.