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I'm the Surgeon General and Beg You Don't Do This July 4th

You can do this simple thing and help fight coronavirus ahead of the 4th of July weekend.
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Before the July 4th holiday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, shared an important message for Americans: To slow the spread of coronavirus, each of us must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones. By doing just a few simple things, we can make a big difference.

He Begs You Not to Forget Your Mask

Here's his message in full, which was shared on the CDC website.

I'm United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams—America's Doctor.

And all across our nation, we've taken steps together to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Now, we must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Because even though not all of us risk a severe case of Coronavirus, we all risk getting it and spreading it to others—maybe without even realizing that we're sick.

So, if we want to get back to school, back to work, back to worship, and back to overall health, there are things our country needs to do.

We need to: Follow state and local guidelines;

Take extra precautions if at higher risk;

Wash our hands frequently; Stay six feet from others when we can; And when we can't stay six feet from others, please, I'm begging you, wear a face covering.

These small actions will make a big difference.

So I'm asking you to say it with me,

America: Coronavirus stops with me.

Masks are an "Instrument of Freedom"

This is not the first time Adams has been adamant about wearing a mask. "Please, please, please, wear a face covering when you go out in public. It is not an inconvenience. It is not a suppression of your freedom," Adams said at a briefing Tuesday. "This mask, this face covering actually is an instrument of freedom for Americans, if we all use it….If you want the return of college football this year, wear a face covering. If you want a chance at prom next spring, wear a face covering,"

"Adams delivered the strongest plea to the public yet from an administration that has often sidestepped direct recommendations to wear masks," reports Bloomberg. "Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Vice President Mike Pence both urged wearing a mask at the event in Rockville, Maryland, though Pence only said to do so if local authorities recommended it. The call for masks came on the same day infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel that the U.S. is 'going in the wrong direction' in its effort to contain the novel coronavirus and daily case counts could more than double if behaviors don't change."

So celebrate your independence this weekend by making the independent choice that brings us all together: wear your mask. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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