AHA issues statement urging individuals, businesses to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols
The American Heart Association published a statement calling for pandemic safety protocols to continue, despite vaccine rollout and states lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
The AHA stated in a press release that the following statement reflects its views:
“The health and safety of people and their families is always the American Heart Association’s top priority.
“While progress is being made in response to the pandemic — with respect to the decrease in new infections and an acceleration of the number of vaccinations given — the situation remains very serious in the United States and elsewhere, with more than 28 million cases and more than 513,000 deaths in the U.S. alone (as of March 2, 2021). Vaccinations are rolling out slower than all had hoped. There continues to be tens of thousands of new cases every day and many people are suffering from difficult long-term effects after ‘recovering’ from COVID-19 in the past. People with underlying health conditions, including our heart and stroke survivors and those with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, are among those at highest risk of complications and death from COVID-19. The pandemic continues to have devastating consequences across the country in urban, suburban and rural areas impacting far too many individuals and families, with a disproportionate effect on communities of color, historically under-resourced neighborhoods and essential workers. These are the facts.
“To help protect yourself and those around you, we urge everyone to take personal responsibility and continue to follow the science and the fact-based ‘3 W’ recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. First and foremost, Wear a Mask, Watch Your Distance (social distance at least 6 feet), and Wash Your Hands (or use hand sanitizer, if water and soap aren’t available). We urge everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them to help keep themselves, their families and their community healthy and safe. We also urge states, cities, towns and businesses to listen to public health experts, support the science-based recommendations proven to save lives and continue to keep COVID safety measures in place, including mask wearing and social distancing requirements, until most Americans have had their chance to receive the vaccine. These efforts will stop the spread and allow us all to return to normal.
“Together with our medical experts and community leaders, the American Heart Association will continue the hard work to end this pandemic, consistent with our mission to be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives.”