MHA, Associations Join To Promote “Mask Up Missouri” Effort

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the progress in reopening, a coalition of stakeholders, including the Missouri Hospital Association and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, are promoting “Mask Up Missouri.” The goal is to educate Missourians on the benefits of mask wearing to control the spread of COVID-19. To help get the message out, they released a printable poster that individuals, organizations and businesses can use to promote the wearing of masks in public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials recommend cloth face coverings whenever in public to limit the spread of COVID-19. According to a recent study from global investment firm Goldman Sachs, mask wearing by every American could save the U.S. economy from a 5% drop in GDP, or approximately $1 trillion in reduced economic spending.

Missouri’s stay-at-home order helped reduce transmission of the virus. However, with many regions of the state opening, Missouri’s transmission rates have been rising. Missourians can protect themselves, their families and members of the community by wearing a mask when in public and when in contact with at-risk individuals.

Hospitals can use this resource to share the message locally. In addition, the image is available to community partners who can amplify the importance of mask wearing.

The organizations supporting the effort include the following. 
Missouri Academy of Family Physicians
Missouri Association of Counties
Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Missouri Farm Bureau
Missouri Hospital Association
Missouri Nurses Association 
Missouri State Medical Association

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