Growing numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths are troubling; facemasks can slow the trend
DALLAS — Medical City Healthcare, part of HCA Healthcare, has joined 100 of the nation’s top health care systems, representing thousands of hospitals in communities across the U.S., with an urgent plea for all Americans to #MaskUp because wearing a facemask is the best chance at slowing the surging COVID-19 pandemic now.
More than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for the virus – including one million in just the past week – leading to nearly 250,000 deaths. If the nation stays on its current course, hospital leaders are increasingly concerned that healthcare facilities will be overwhelmed as shortages of healthy caregivers make it difficult to handle a rapidly increasing number of patients.
As North Texans and the world await widespread vaccines, health systems are urging the public to remain vigilant, take precautions and follow public health orders. Beginning this week, a public service message will run in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.
The message reads:
“As the top nationally-ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. But, here’s what we also know: The science has not changed. Masks slow the spread of COVID-19. So, please join us as we all embrace this simple ask: Wear. Care. Share with #MaskUp. Together, wearing is caring. And together, we are saving lives.”
In an effort to reach a broader audience, the public service effort will also include messages on digital platforms, social media, online information, links to vital health resources and more. Combining resources demonstrates that health organizations are working together, united in overcoming COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to recent studies that have shown facemasks successfully limit spread of the COVID-19 virus. Wearing facemasks protect in key ways: by protecting the wearer against inhalation of harmful pathogens and particulates and by preventing exposure of those around the wearer.
In addition to masking, the CDC suggests that everyone minimize the number of non-household contacts, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet, and limit the amount of time around others, especially while indoors and in poorly ventilated areas. For further information about masking guidelines – how to choose a mask, how to properly wear a mask – visit the CDC website.