Leaders of Wisconsin’s Two Medical Schools Urge Everyone to Take Action During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Milwaukee / Madison, Dec. 1, 2020 – Leaders of Wisconsin’s two medical schools have an urgent message to the public: Right now, every person in the state has the power to save lives by choosing to take a stand against COVID-19.
“We know what works to prevent spreading this horrible virus: a steadfast combination of staying home, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more from others when you must leave your household,” said Robert N. Golden, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine, provost and executive vice president, views this as a pivotal moment in time. “These steps are critical, and they provide a way to honor everything and everyone we hold dear. It has never been more important to pitch in and be a part of the Wisconsin’s recovery from COVID-19. We all have a key role to play today in this story,” he said.
As leaders of the institutions that train the next generation of health care and public health professionals, Drs. Golden and Kerschner have seen first-hand the impact of the virus on the state’s population, healthcare workforce, and medical and public health students: sky-high levels of illness, hospitals running out of beds and staff, and rapid shifts in how instruction can be provided to students. While research on SARS-CoV-2 and clinical trials for treatments and vaccines provide hope for the future, they urge that every person in Wisconsin must fight the spread of the disease right now.
“Imagine a day in which the level of COVID-19 in our communities is low, and people are no longer falling ill and suffering. That day can be sooner rather than later as long as we remain vigilant,” said Dr. Kerschner. “It takes persistence and a strong will, and we know that Wisconsinites have no shortage of both traits and are ready to make choices today that matter. These actions – wearing your mask, washing your hands, watching your distance – are how we will all move forward.”
- Assembly Resists Senate COVID-19 Compromise - Laurel White - Jan 27th, 2021
- BBB Scam Alert: As COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, scammers cash in - Wisconsin Better Business Bureau - Jan 27th, 2021
- WI Daily: New COVID-19 Cases At Lowest Point Since Mid-September - Jeramey Jannene - Jan 26th, 2021
- Representative LaKeshia Myers Condemns Assembly Republican’s Political Gamesmanship with COVID-19 Legislation - State Rep. LaKeshia Myers - Jan 26th, 2021
- Senate Votes to Kill State Mask Mandate - Shawn Johnson - Jan 26th, 2021
- State Announces Next Phase of Vaccines - Graham Kilmer - Jan 26th, 2021
- Rep. Robyn Vining Statement on Passage of Amended Assembly Bill 1 - State Rep. Robyn Vining - Jan 26th, 2021
- GOP to Wisconsin Neighbors: “Let them eat COVID” - State Sen. Chris Larson - Jan 26th, 2021
- GOP Vendetta Threatens Public Health - State Sen. Jon Erpenbach - Jan 26th, 2021
- Senate Passes Resolution to Rein in Governor Evers’ Mandates - State Sen. Julian Bradley - Jan 26th, 2021
Read more about Coronavirus Pandemic here