Emergency physicians have a request of the American people: stay home and save lives.
As health care workers on the frontlines risk their lives to battle the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, you can play your part by staying home as much as possible. We have to do everything we can to stop the virus from spreading.
The virus is spread exponentially, and it is not going away any time soon. We have a narrow window to take meaningful action, and that time is now.
Practicing “social distancing” and staying home as much as possible is the best way to slow the virus and to prevent overwhelming our health care system. Young people, older people and everyone in between needs to follow the recommended steps for social distancing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends putting distance (about six feet) between yourself and others. Guidelines to shelter in place, or stay at home, vary based on location.
People of all ages can contract COVID-19. No one is immune, and there is currently no cure.
Some may have mild symptoms and could be contagious before they know they are sick—inadvertently spreading the virus and putting others at risk. This “silent transmission” of COVID-19 is one factor contributing to the spread.
Make sure you are getting health information from reliable sources such as your doctor, public health department or local leaders. Conditions where you live are likely changing rapidly.