Our region continues to see concerning increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, the percentage of tests that come back positive each day, and the number of related hospitalizations. We must ALL take action against this growth trend. Now.
The July Fourth holiday is traditionally a time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the courage and commitment that forged our nation. As president of the first academic medical center in Texas, I implore everyone to have the courage and commitment to change behaviors now to alleviate suffering later.
- Wear masks when around other people.
- And avoid crowds—stay home whenever you can.
- And keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others outside of your household.
- And practice good hand hygiene. Frequently.
- And self-isolate if you are ill or think you have been exposed to COVID-19.
Not “or,” but “and.” These simple actions work together to protect you and those around you. The science tells us so. WE must all work together to combat the spread of COVID-19 to protect our communities. (Watch a related In Focus video message about working together to fight COVID-19 and an update on conditions at UTMB below.)
We can do this. If we act now.
Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy July Fourth.
Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP
President ad interim
The University of Texas Medical Branch