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Wear Your Mask, Save Lives (video)

A message from Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder

A message from Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder


COVID-19 remains a highly infectious and deadly disease. In this video, Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder urges people to be patient and wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Video transcript

There are three things we can do to get control of this virus. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay more than six feet away from people.


We are a very impatient society, and that impatience is killing people. I wish we could make the economy all better all at once. I wish everything could get back to normal, but this is not a normal situation, and we can’t act like it’s a normal situation.


Yes, [the pandemic] will have a psychological toll on us, an economic toll, and a health toll. But if we’re patient, we will get through this. We will rebuild this economy, but more important, we’ll do it with a lot more people alive than dead.