In the continuing effort to battle back against COVID-19, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and OSF Healthcare are backing the #MaskUp initiative. Along with 100 of the nation’s top 100 health care facilities, OSF Healthcare and all of their Illinois hospitals are calling on everyone to #MaskUp when in public. The growing spread of COVID-19 cases has hospitals all over the country bracing for an influx of new patients with some hospitals very concerned about their ability to keep up with the rising number of patients. It’s urgent now to get the message of masking out to everyone. That’s why there will be a nationwide campaign in media outlets across the country urging everyone to #MaskUp.
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.”
“Recent studies have shown that facemasks successfully limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in two ways: by protecting the wearer against inhalation of harmful pathogens and by preventing exposure of those around the wearer,” said Mike Cruz, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, OSF HealthCare. “We will get through this pandemic, together. By wearing a mask, you limit potential exposure and help us conserve vital medical resources by stopping the spread of the virus.”
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. For further information about masking guidelines – how to choose a mask, how to properly wear a mask – visit the CDC website.
For more information on COVID-19, including frequently asked questions, please visit the OSF HealthCare COVID-19 digital hub: www.osfhealthcare.org/covid19/.