Hospitals need communities to wear masks

Dr. Marc Boom, CEO and president of Houston Methodist Hospital, issued a warning to young adults on the importance of wearing masks.
2:42 | 07/09/20

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The CEO of a major Houston hospital recently issued a warning to young adults as 60% of covid-19 patients coming in have been under the age of 50. Meanwhile healthcare workers who have been working since the outbreak are starting to tire of communities not doing their part. Here to talk about what's happening on the front lines is CEO and president of Houston methodist hospital, Dr. Marc boom. Thank you for being with us. Can you talk about the influx of covid cases you're seeing now in the past couple of weeks and how your hospital is managing it all? Over the last three, four weeks, we have really seen the number of people testing positive in the Houston community really explode. We test across the community, some 1500 people positive every day, thankfully it's leveled off over the last few days. I'm hoping that's a sign of better things to come. It's leveled off at really high levels and the preponderance of those individuals this time around are under the age of 50. Which tells me those under 50 have behaved a little differently, acted differently over the last month and that's part of the reason why we've seen this surge. Dr. Boom, why do you believe this is happening and how do we stop it from continuing? The answer's actually really easy on how to stop it. We know what works. We know that social distancing works. We know that masking works. With the masking order that came in last week from the governor, I think we're starting to see an inkling of behavior changes. We'll have to be prepared to continue those kind of measures indefinitely to have the economy running and co-exist with covid and that's a really critical message for everyone to hear. Dr. Boom, you issued a warning to young adults all about of that. Talk about the toll it's taken on your frontline workers there. Yeah, and this is tough. People have been working for four months, caring for people with covid. We'll cross 3,000 patients today that have come into our hospital during that time -- our hospitals during that time. You know, a bulk of that is happening during the last three, four weeks. They're tired. They're frustrated to be honest, because they're watching sometimes in the community that people aren't doing the simple things they know they can do. They're reaching out saying to everybody else, wear mask, save a life. The people struggling breathing every day, why wouldn't you make that tiny little sacrifice and do that for the rest of humankind? Across the Houston area and across the United States. My key message is wear that mask. Keep wearing that mask, it's such a small sacrifice. That's right. We're all in this together. Dr. Marc boom, thank you so much for joining us today. We appreciate it and all of your efforts. Thank you very much.

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