Jul 6, 2020 - Health

Medical community urges public to wear masks

A coronavirus patient is wheeled in a hospital bed by workers in masks and gowns.
A coronavirus patient at a Houston hospital. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

The main trade groups representing hospitals, nurses and doctors issued a public letter today that urges "the American public to take the simple steps we know will help stop the spread of the virus: wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands."

The bottom line: Coronavirus cases are rising almost everywhere across the country, and the medical community now is begging the public to take preventive measures to avoid overwhelmed hospitals and higher death counts.

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