Family Physicians' Strong Recommendation to #MaskUpMichigan Will Help Save Lives
Eighty percent of respondents to a Center for Health & Research Transformation survey said the COVID-19 information source they trust most is their own healthcare provider, but less than half of the respondents reported getting information from their healthcare providers.
Your patients and the public-at-large need to hear from you!
MAFP has joined healthcare organizations across the state to launch an #IWearMIMask social media campaign to help physicians and other healthcare professionals urge Michiganders* to wear masks whenever they are in indoor public spaces and in crowded outdoor public space, as required by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mask order. We encourage members across the state to share the #MaskUpMichigan campaign logo in their practice locations, on practice websites, and across social media channels, and to also include the hashtag #IWearMIMask.
Research shows that masks can greatly reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, especially when approximately 40% of those who have the virus may be asymptomatic.
“The latest science supports that wearing a mask is a critical strategy for slowing the spread of COVID-19. By covering your face when you are in a community setting, you are protecting yourself, your family, and those around you. That’s why family physicians strongly recommend to #MaskUpMichigan,” said Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP, president of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.
In addition to wearing face coverings, family physicians urge patients and the public-at-large to social distance, wash their hands regularly, not touch their face, and follow all safety guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
*Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
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Spread Hope, Not COVID Campaign
Family Physicians Urge All Michiganders to Unite on Common Mission to Safely Reopen Our State
At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen—and stay open.
Click here for materials you can use to encourage Michiganders to help slow the spread of the virus, and to share the Spread Hope, Not COVID campaign message.