#StayHome* to Save Lives & #FlattenTheCurve

We all have a role to play in #FlatteningTheCurve to save lives in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, individually and collectively. Let’s #StayHome to the extent possible and frequently wash hands with soap and water. And let’s organize together to move the government to advance solutions.

(*Not everyone has the ability to #StayHome! That’s why we must all do what we can to limit our time around others to help protect the larger community. Check out these tips for keeping yourself safe if you cannot stay home.)

Thousands of new cases of coronavirus in the U.S. have been discovered so far, hospitals are bracing for a massive influx of people needing care, schools are being closed, businesses are temporarily closing or moving online, and more. And new guidelines are being released daily on how we can stop the spread of the virus.

The biggest way that we can make a difference is by social distancing, which means staying inside as much as possible and limiting our contact with others. This will help “flatten the curve” of the virus—interrupting the spread of the virus and ensuring that masses of people don’t get sick at once, which would overwhelm our fragile health care system and cost an unknown number of lives.

Here’s how you can #FlattenTheCurve

We know it’s possible to spread the virus for days before showing symptoms. It’s our responsibility to protect ourselves and others—especially those who are elderly or immunocompromised. Our commitment to stay home now is essential to stopping the virus and saving lives.

How to keep yourself and your family safe

  • Stay home and avoid public places if we can, which will help keep people who cannot—medical staff, grocery workers, and others—safer. This is called “social distancing,” and we all need to do as much as we are able.
  • Health officials are recommending we limit contact with each other, remaining at least 6 feet apart. It’s important that we all do this when we can to account for those in our community who cannot: frontline health care workers, service workers, and others.
  • Prepare to limit your contact outside your home for 4 weeks, if possible. This means stocking on food and medical supplies, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine you may need. Use a delivery service if possible. If you are over 60 or immunocompromised, ask a neighbor to help by shopping for you. If you are in good health, offer to assist your neighbors who may be unable to go themselves.

Actions you can take to make decision makers act now

  • Call on our local officials and demand that they implement social distancing policies—or start a petition now.
  • Call on our members of Congress to pass urgently needed economic relief legislation so that when people follow the direction of leading health officials, they aren’t forced to make a decision between a paycheck and stopping the spread of this coronavirus.

Resources to help you stay safe

Coronavirus response is a social justice issue

Doing our part to #FlattenTheCurve is also about social justice and equity. Communities of color are more likely to have respiratory problems like asthma, because they are more likely to have harmful environmental pollution from things like factories. People with chronic or acute health challenges or disabilities are at a higher risk if they can’t get the care they need because hospitals are devoting 100% of their care to coronavirus patients. And most Black and brown workers are unable to work from home, forcing communities of color to continue to put themselves at risk during this pandemic.

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Save Lives and Spread the Word​

Many of us who are able are already practicing social distancing, but too many people are still gathering in groups. Once you’ve signed the commitment to #FlattenTheCurve, will you share these resources with your friends and family, too?