OAFP Launches Campaign Encouraging Ohioans to Mask and Distance

July 8, 2020

Media Contact:
Lauren Heberling
Communications Coordinator

As Ohio continues with daily life during a pandemic, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) and other physician and health care organizations strongly encourage everyone to remember: Doctor’s Orders: Mask+6.

A new social media campaign is underway urging Ohioans to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing when in public. As part of the campaign, the OAFP is asking its members across the state to share the Doctor’s Orders: Mask+6 campaign logo in their practice locations and on practice websites to help spread the word.

Nationwide, COVID-19 has claimed over 128,000 lives in four months and over a half million across the globe. More than 50 countries and a growing number of U.S. states and localities have mandated the wearing of masks in public.

“We urge patients to wear a mask or face covering while providing physical distance with others when in public,” said OAFP President Anna McMaster, MD. She stressed that the highly contagious novel coronavirus is thought to spread mainly by close contact from person-to-person. “Some individuals can contract COVID-19 and never have any symptoms, so they don’t know they have it. The virus can spread even between individuals without symptoms. That’s why the Doctor’s Orders: Mask+6 campaign is so important.”

The virus impacts everyone differently, as some never feel sick while for others it is deadly. In particular, older adults and those with severe underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing more serious complications. In Ohio, the average age of coronavirus patients is 42, with almost 60% in the 20-49 year old range.

In addition to using face coverings and distancing, family physicians urge patients and the public-at-large to follow all safety guidelines to prevent spread such as regular hand washing and not touching your face.

In addition to the OAFP, other medical organizations involved in the campaign include the Ohio State Medical Association; the Ohio Osteopathic Association; the Ohio Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians; the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association; and the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers.

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is a statewide, professional association with more than 5,200 members, including practicing physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, and every disease entity. Family physicians provide comprehensive, continuing care to all members of the family. For more information, visit www.ohioafp.org.