American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer has issued the following statement:
“As the nation addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccination continues, it remains critical for the public to continue to practice public health measures including wearing snug-fitting masks.
“Many people may be feeling so-called COVID fatigue, and while the vaccine rollout offers hope and a light at the end of the tunnel, the reality is that COVID-19 continues to spread in communities across the U.S., ICUs in some locations are still on the verge of capacity, and there are new highly infectious variants that we need to guard against. With more than a half a million lives already lost in the U.S. to this disease, it’s imperative that we remain steadfast in our resolve to slow the spread of the virus by practicing public health precautions such as wearing masks and physically distancing.
“Please remember that even if you feel healthy and do not have symptoms, you may be infected and asymptomatic, and may unknowingly spread the disease to others who may have more severe symptoms, such as severe illness and death. Wearing a mask is a simple and effective way to protect your loved ones and community.
“When you have been vaccinated, you’ll be protected against severe illness, but it’s critical to continue wearing a mask to protect yourself and your loved ones.
“We know how together we can end this public health emergency: wearing masks, socially distancing, washing hands, and when it’s your turn – getting vaccinated. Remain vigilant, and together we’ll end this pandemic.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.