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Cleveland Clinic 1 of 100 hospital systems asking Americans to wear a mask, slow COVID-19 surge

Cleveland Clinic doctor
Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 11:50:05-05

CLEVELAND — One hundred leading health systems representing thousands of hospitals across the United States, including the Cleveland Clinic, have come together to urge all Americans to wear a mask and slow the surge of COVID-19 across the country and right here in Northeast Ohio.

The hospitals have collaborated to share a public service message with the hashtag #MaskUp and have created a video, pleading with citizens to wear a mask to help health care workers as they become overwhelmed with cases and hospitalizations.

Cleveland Clinic shared a video on social media to help spread the message to wear a mask.

“We put our lives on the line daily to keep you safe. So, do something for us. Wear. A. Mask.,” the video says.

Watch it in the player below:

Cleveland Clinic is just one of the health systems participating in the initiative urging mask-wearing, which has been shown to successfully limit the spread of COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospital systems across the country will deliver the following message nationally to encourage people to wear a mask.

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.

In addition to wearing masks, health care workers are also asking citizens to practice social distancing, remain vigilant and follow public health orders to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

Locally, the surge recently overwhelmed the City of Cleveland's ability to tally total cases, and Lake County now has one of the highest incidence rates in the state.

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