In an open letter to Mississippians posted on the organization’s website, the Mississippi State Medical Association is pleading with folks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The surge in new cases and hospitalizations is putting “an unbearable and unsustainable strain on physicians, health care workers, hospitals and medical facilities statewide,” the letter states.
“Hospitals are full and soon to enter a next phase of a crisis system of care. Physicians, nurses and other first responders are mentally and physically overwhelmed and exhausted. … we are losing Mississippians each day, at an insurmountable rate – many of these losses are physicians and health care workers.”
The letter goes on to say that Mississippians have trusted their doctors to lead them with quality care “from the birth of your children, to the birth of your grandchildren.” They ask Mississippians to extend that trust into the pandemic.
“You’ve trusted us for so much over the years when it comes to sound advice regarding the health of your family and our communities. In a pandemic we continue to come to you with sound and truthful medical advice,” the letter states.
The doctors then repeat advice that has been given to Americans for months: wear a mask, avoid gatherings, wash your hands.
“If we must make this about personal liberty, then we should recognize that we have the liberty to make good and responsible decisions, and that protecting ourselves and others from a contagion should not be a controversial request,” the letter states.
“[W]e ask that you trust us, as you always have, to act in the best interests of the health and safety of yourselves and your families as we navigate through these difficult and unprecedented times,” the letter concludes. “There is LIGHT at the end of this tunnel. Let’s get as many Mississippians across the finish line of the pandemic as possible.”