COVID-19 is spreading, and you may not know you’re infected until you’ve already infected others. It’s a challenge like we as a nation—and a world—have never experienced before.

A bi-partisan group of more than twenty public health professionals has released an open letter with recommendations for immediate steps that can be taken to mitigate the worst potential impacts of this pandemic.

Fortunately, there’s something that many of us can do to help stop the spread--#StayHome and let frontline workers do their jobs.

#StayHome. It could save someone’s life. We’re all in this together.

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Who We Are

The undersigned are concerned health care professionals:

  • Andy Slavitt, MBA - Former Acting Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Bill Frist, MD - Former Senate Majority Leader

  • Asaf Bitton, MD MPH - Executive Director, Ariadne Labs, Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • Lanhee J. Chen, PhD - David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

  • Ezekiel Emanuel, MD PhD - Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

  • Atul Gawande, MD MPH - CEO, Haven; Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

  • Sandra Hernandez, MD - President and CEO of California Health Care Foundation

  • Bob Kocher, MD - Former Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy

  • Vivek H. Murthy, MD MBA - 19th Surgeon General of the United States

  • Michael Osterholm, PhD MPH - Regents Professor and Director, Center for Infectious Disease and Research & Policy, University of Minnesota

  • DJ Patil, PhD - Former US Chief Data Scientist

  • Jennifer Peña, MD - Former White House Physician (Obama administration) and Primary Physician to Vice President Pence

  • Jordan Shlain, MD - Internal Medicine, former Commissioner, Health Services System Board, San Francisco

  • Eric Topol, MD - Founder and Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute

  • Leana Wen, MD MSc - Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and Visiting Professor at George Washington University School of Public Health

  • Michelle A. Williams, ScD - Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development

Additional support from the following health care and health policy leaders:

  • Mike Leavitt - Founder, Leavitt Partners and Former Utah Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

  • Donald M. Berwick, MD - President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

  • J. Mario Molina, MD - former CEO of Molina Healthcare and President of Golden Shore Medical Group

  • Janis M. Orlowski, MD MACP - Chief Health Care Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

  • Jeff Tangney, MBA - CEO and Co-Founder, Doximity

  • Frances F. Townsend, JD - Former Assistant to President George W. Bush, Homeland Security Advisor, Author of the 2006 National Strategy for an Influenza Outbreak

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