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National Associations Join Together to Encourage Americans to #WearAMask

August 04, 2020

The American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) have released a public service announcement (PSA) urging Americans to take three simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash hands frequently.

The PSA (which is available in both English and Spanish) is the first element of a comprehensive campaign to increase public acceptance of these important actions and builds on the groups’ open letter to the public released last month. Physicians, nurses, and hospital and health systems leaders have been joined by researchers and public health experts in this important call to action. The science and evidence is clear, following these guidelines is essential to helping to stop the spread of the virus.

HAP supports the effort and will share the PSA via its Healthy Me PA social channels and its Twitter and LinkedIn channels.

Following months of practicing physical distancing and staying home, both COVID-19 infections and deaths began to decline. As states began reopening, people started to abandon the essential steps needed to stop the spread. This led to a increase of new cases, worsening the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), tests and testing supplies and further stretching hospitals’ intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in certain states. In Pennsylvania last month, the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System dashboard showed weekly COVID-19 cases increasing statewide. The increasing cases also exacerbate the mental and physical toll on health care teams and clinicians providing patient care.

In response, the AHA, AMA and ANA have launched the #WearAMask campaign as a way to continue urging the American public to wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, and wash hands. By taking these three simple steps, everyone can contribute to stopping the spread of the virus and keeping themselves, their families and their communities safe.

In addition, a recent Kaiser Health News poll found that nearly half of respondents had delayed medical treatment due to concerns about COVID-19. Approximately one in ten respondents said that a condition became worse because they had put off treatment. Last month, HAP launched a new campaign to inform Pennsylvanians about the safety measures in place in their hospitals and encourage them to get the care they need to be healthy. As hospitals slowly and carefully resume this necessary medical care, they are taking special precautions to ensure the safety of every patient. Two digital ads—available in English and Spanish—highlight the ways that Pennsylvania’s hospitals remain committed to providing safe, high-quality health care—and important precautions they are taking to protect patients and health care workers from getting COVID-19.