Nine months into the pandemic, many Americans are experiencing fatigue from isolation and grief caused by the prolonged fight against the coronavirus. Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, formerly the president of the American Public Health Association, encouraged folks to keep in mind that “all of our lives are precious,” and public health precautions such as mask-wearing and social distancing are most effective when done collectively. She cautioned that “it’s going to require all of us doing those things” in order to work. “If just half of us do those things, then the virus will continue to rage,” Jones said. “So we have to care not only about ourselves, but care about all of us and say, I am going to wear this mask for the good of the whole.” This is particularly important amid the holiday season, when temperatures are getting colder and people feel more compelled to gather with friends and family outside of their household, indoors. Jones spoke with the PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz on Dec. 10 about the coronavirus outbreak and response in the U.S.
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