Newswise — Johns Hopkins Medicine, together with 100 of the nation’s top health care systems, representing thousands of hospitals in communities across the U.S., have come together with an urgent plea for all Americans — mask up, because wearing a face mask is one of the best ways to slow the surging COVID-19 pandemic.
With cases of COVID-19 rising across the nation, it’s more vital than ever for us to join this public health campaign to spread the word about the importance of mask-wearing, among other public health measures such as physical distancing and proper hand-washing.
More than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, leading to nearly 250,000 deaths. The next several months will be critical. Though there has been positive news about vaccine development, it’s still unclear when those vaccines will be ready for widespread use. In the meantime, everyone must remain vigilant, take precautions and follow public health recommendations.
By working collaboratively with other health systems, we hope to curb the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and get through this together.
The following experts are available for interviews to discuss the importance of wearing a mask and other public health measures that can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Aaron M. Milstone, M.D., M.H.S., associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Clare Rock, M.B.B.CH., assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention at The Johns Hopkins Health System
Gabor Kelen, M.D., director of the Department of Emergency Medicine and professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
For information from Johns Hopkins Medicine about the coronavirus pandemic, visit hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus. For information on the coronavirus from other Johns Hopkins sources, including the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Johns Hopkins University, visit coronavirus.jhu.edu.