Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink urges all Alaskans to act NOW. Please take a moment to read this important message.
In this commentary, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink urges all Alaskans to act NOW to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. If we change our behaviors now – by staying home if we’re sick, limiting our movements and practicing good hygiene – lives will be saved and we will be able to prevent much worse consequences later.
From Dr. Zink: “With no vaccine available, we have to rely on two tools: containment and mitigation. Containment involves identifying patients and their contacts to keep them apart from others and prevent disease spread. Given our limited resources here in Alaska, we also need community mitigation, which involves changing our behavior to prevent the virus from transmitting from infected persons to susceptible persons. These tools are critical: Stay at least six feet from others, stay home as much as possible, telecommute to work, limit shopping trips to necessary groceries, and avoid gatherings and unnecessary travel.”