Healthcare Heroes Encourage Everyone to #MaskUp
One hundred of the nation’s leading health care systems, including Sutter Health, have come together with an urgent plea for all Americans: mask up.
“By wearing a mask, we’re telling everyone we see or come near how much we care about them and their health. In these days of COVID when we can’t give hugs, we can still express our love and concern by masking,” said William Isenberg, M.D., Sutter Health’s chief quality and safety officer.
The current number of COVID-19 cases across the nation are climbing at a rapid rate. Recently, like other areas in California, Sutter’s network has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases as well.
Healthcare systems have answered the call since the start of the pandemic. Sutter Health, for example, activated and deployed a coordinated response across its integrated network that has helped protect patients, employees and communities. However, there is growing concern that increasing cases will place only more strain on healthcare staff and facilities in the U.S. The Mask Up campaign emphasizes how wearing a face mask limits the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as recent studies have shown, with the intention to better manage this health emergency. In an effort to reach a broader audience, the Mask Up public service effort will also include messages on digital platforms, social media, online information, links to vital health resources and more.
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.”
For further information about masking guidelines – how to choose a mask and how to properly wear a mask – visit the CDC website.
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. These healthy habits can be especially helpful as the holiday season quickly approaches.