Last Updated: Apr 1, 2020
The following is from Lawrence John, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED):
“On behalf of the state’s largest physician organization, I ask my fellow Pennsylvanians to stay at home.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) strongly supports CDC guidelines that call for increased social distancing and isolation as the only means to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement this week follows in that same vein.
Physicians across the Commonwealth recognize that this can be difficult news to hear, given the sacrifices everyone has already made. But it’s clear that a stronger effort is needed as the number of positive cases continues to escalate.
However, securing more time for vital resources to arrive at hospitals will better protect frontline healthcare workers and ultimately, save more lives.
Everyday physicians and other health care workers are putting themselves and their families at risk in order to better treat COVID-19-infected patients. They often do so with a shortage of necessary tools, such as personal protective equipment and ventilators. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will provide more time for those essential resources to arrive in places where they are most needed.
I applaud the millions of Pennsylvanians who are already making this sacrifice and urgently stress to those who are not heading the warning: Please stay at home.
Physicians, nurses and health care workers are saving lives by staying at work. We ask you to save lives by staying at home.”
Pennsylvania Medical Society
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