FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams says choosing between kids or adults isn't an option when it comes to protecting their health and safety against COVID-19.
“Those kids can’t go to school without adults there. And they can’t go home without adults there. And so we need to do everything possible to protect those kids and those adults and it is not an either or choice," says Dr. Adams when referring to many Allen County students returing to school this week.
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Adams visited Fort Wayne Friday morning as part of public service campaign aimed at getting Americans to take the COVID-19 pandemic more seriously.
An Indiana University graduate and former Indiana State Health Commissioner, Adams emphasized the need for Hoosiers to practice what he called the "three W's."
Washing your hands, wearing a mask and watching your distance.
“If everyone does their part today, right now, then in two weeks, or three weeks, we will see the benefits of those actions and we’ll see positivity rates go down,” says Adams.
He says delivering the right information is crucial at this time.
“I think we as health officials need to continue to improve our messaging and help people understand this virus and admit where we were wrong," says Adams.
But he says taking precautions is the best way to show your appreciation to those on the front lines.
“The way you can and most meaningfully thank them is by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance to lower community spread so that they will be less likely to get this virus which can be deadly.”