MAG survey results underscore crucial need for people to cover face in public

Fellow Georgia physicians,

I wanted to follow-up on the recent survey that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) conducted that addressed the need for Georgians/visitors to wear a face mask/covering when it is practicable in public (i.e., except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

MAG had a remarkable to response to the survey – as more than 1,300 physicians in the state completed it. In terms of results, 87 percent of the physicians who completed the survey said that they believe Georgians/visitors should be required to wear a face mask/covering when it is practicable in public.

With that in mind, MAG is encouraging every physician in the state to strongly encourage their patients to adhere to the following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak

– Wearing a mask in public or when they are around other people

– Washing their hands on a regular basis

– Practicing the six-foot social distancing rule, and avoiding close contact with others

– Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

– Staying home if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms   

MAG has discussed the need for these preventative measures and safeguards with the governor's office since the survey was conducted, and it will continue to do so going forward. MAG will also encourage businesses in the state to require their patrons to wear face masks/covering.

Finally, please note that MAG is emphasizing these messages with a social media campaign that it launched several weeks ago. 

I would like to thank every physician who completed the survey, and thank you all for everything that you are doing to take care of your patients.

Sincerely,

Andrew Reisman, M.D.
President, Medical Association of Georgia