Emergency Physicians to American
Public: Stay Home, Save Lives
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[August 03, 2020]
emergency physicians risk their lives each day as they battle the
worldwide pandemic COVID-19, they have a request of the American
people: stay home and save lives.
“Emergency physicians are working tirelessly to
protect as many people as possible. You too can do your part: stay
home and save lives,” said William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, president of
ACEP. “This is the only way to slow the virus and the best strategy
to prevent our health system from becoming overwhelmed.”
People of all ages can contract the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Some may have mild symptoms and could be contagious before they know
they are sick—inadvertently spreading the virus and putting others
at risk. The “silent transmission” of COVID-19 is one factor
contributing to the spread. Younger adults are not immune from risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that
nearly 40 percent of patients sick enough to be hospitalized were
20- to 54-years old.
“Even if you think you are healthy, spending time in groups or in
public could spread the virus to people you are close with,” said
Dr. Jaquis. “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. Conditions where you live are likely changing rapidly.
Make sure you are getting health information from reliable sources
such as your doctor, public health department or local leaders.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it
took 67 days from the first reported COVID-19 cases to reach 100,000
cases, 11 days for the second 100,000, and just four days for the
“We have to do everything we can to stop the virus from spreading.
For most people, that means hunkering down and doing your best to
stay home as much as possible. We have a narrow window to take
meaningful action, and that time is now.”
A resource from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Stop
the Spread: A Patient Guide to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),
provides tips on how to minimize the risk of contracting the virus
and how to determine whether you should visit an emergency
www.emergencyphysicians.org for more information.