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OHSU joins top U.S. hospitals in encouraging everyone to #MaskUp

National public service campaign urges proper use of face coverings to slow COVID-19 spread, limit impact on health care facilities
Two young children, a brown-haired boy and blonde girl, stand next to each other while wearing protective masks.
Top U.S. hospitals urge everyone to #MaskUp. (

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Oregon and across the United States, Oregon Health & Science University has partnered with 100 of the nation’s top health care systems to make an urgent plea: Mask Up.

Through a national public service campaign, OHSU and thousands of hospitals across the country are encouraging all Americans to do their part and wear a mask  -- or face covering --  limit health care facilities from becoming overwhelmed, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and keep friends and loved ones safe.

To help reach audiences nationwide, the public service effort will feature messages and vital health resources in national news publications, on digital platforms, social media, websites and more. Combining the resources of the nation’s top hospitals demonstrates that these health organizations are working collaboratively and will get through the pandemic together.

In addition to masking, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that everyone minimize the number of non-household contacts, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet, and limit the amount of time around others, especially while indoors and in poorly ventilated areas. For further information about masking guidelines – including how to choose , and  properly wear a mask – visit the CDC website.

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