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11/24/2020 8:16:00 AM
An Open Letter from the AMA, ANA & AHA
If you can't wear a mask, consider one of those clear face shields.  They're not as effective as a mask, but they do help (although not as much)  protect the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets others exhale. They also help to protect others by reducing exposure to the saliva and respiratory secretions of the wearer.

Lincoln Herald Staff

For the past two weeks, every day the US has seen a new record number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus.  North Carolina had more people hospitalized with it Monday than on any day yet.  The virus is REAL, it can be deadly, and not treating it as such will mean more people will get sick and some will die before we get a vaccine.  The following letter came from some of the nation's most respected people in healthcare.  

An open letter to the American people:

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching and a deadly COVID-19 pandemic surging, we – the physicians, nurses, hospital and health system leaders and public health professionals on the front lines of this pandemic –  strongly urge everyone throughout our country to celebrate responsibly, in a scaled-back fashion that limits the virus’s spread, to help reduce the risk of infecting friends, family and others you love.

Throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 spread has followed a similar pattern around holidays and mass gatherings. Positive cases spiked after Memorial Day, after the Fourth of July, after Labor Day, and after Halloween. The record-shattering surge underway is resulting in uncontrolled community spread and infection that has already overburdened health systems in some areas and will ultimately consume capacity of our health care system and may reduce the availability of care in many places in our country.

In the strongest possible terms, we urge you to celebrate responsibly. We are all weary and empathize with the desire to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but given the serious risks, we underscore how important it is to wear masks, maintain physical distancing and wash your hands. 

Following these science-based, commonsense measures is the best way to prevent our health care systems and dedicated health care professionals from being overwhelmed by critically ill patients.  We must protect the doctors, nurses and other caregivers who have tirelessly battled this virus for months. You can do your part to ensure they can continue to care for you and your loved ones.

We will get through this pandemic, but the only way out is to follow the science and adhere to the public health steps we know work.

American Hospital Association
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association

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