Doctor who diagnosed first Miss. COVID-19 case looks back on year-long pandemic
, principal investigator with Hattiesburg Clinic , recently discussed his year-long, pandemic journey. Dr. Rouhbakhsh diagnosed the first case of COVID-19 in Mississippi and led the Moderna vaccine trials in Hattiesburg, Miss.
In this interview, he talks about the anxiety-ridden, early days of the pandemic and the new-found sense of hope as more people are vaccinated.
When asked how he feels about COVID-19 one year later, Dr. Rouhbakhsh said, “A year ago today, it felt like things were going to change, and they were going to change dramatically. Exactly one year later, it feels like things are going to change, and they are going to change dramatically as we are ramping up these vaccinations. People are finding it easier to get together because they have been vaccinated. As our case numbers continue to go down, it feels as though we are on the cusp of a pretty significant change compared to the way we have been living our lives the past year.” He continued to say, “We still need to be a bit cautious in regard to the unvaccinated and people who are susceptible to a bad outcome if they get this disease. We do need to respect those members of our society, be cognizant and continue to wear our masks, but it feels to me — one year later — we are on the cusp of rapid change. This time it is for the positive.”