Leading US medical and health organizations called on the American people to stay home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit its long-term health effect on our country.

The open letter from the American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) is available here. 

An excerpt of the text is below:

Open Letter to the American Public:

Physicians, nurses, and our entire medical community are urging all people to stay at home.  We are honored to serve and put our lives on the front line to protect and save as many lives as possible. But we need your help.  

Physical distancing and staying at home are the key to slowing the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to give physicians, nurses, and everyone on the front lines a fighting chance at having the equipment, time, and resources necessary to take on this immense challenge. Those contracting COVID-19 are your family, friends, and loved ones.

That’s why we’re urging the public to #StayHome as we reach the critical stages of our national response to COVID-19. Of course, those with urgent medical needs, including pregnant women, should seek care as needed. Everyone else should #StayHome.

To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.

Source: AMA, AHA, ANA