North Charleston, SC – Masks do indeed save lives according to an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease.

“Masking is simple and a proven way to protect against COVID-19,” explained Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati. “Our own staff’s safety during this time has been a testament and the other universal safety measures we have in place such as social distancing and hand hygiene.”

To help spread the word on the life-saving role masks have in protecting against the spread of COVID-19 all of the tri-county hospitals have partnered in a “Masks Save Lives.” public service campaign. The hospitals include East Cooper Medical Center, Roper St. Francis, The Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Health and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Adams Outdoor Advertising donated 32 billboards to promote the safety message and WCSC-TV is producing a :15 public service announcement to reinforce the value of masking.

Trident Medical Center physician Angela Taylor, MD, stated, “If people are still wondering what they can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19 it’s wear a mask. It's the most effective tool we’ll have until there’s a vaccine.”

Jeff Taylor, CEO, Summerville Medical Center, noted that wearing a mask is a sign of respect for others and their health. “You wear a mask to protect others, and they wear masks to protect you,” he said. “It shows mutual caring and respect for the well-being of other people.”

“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus—particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Trident Health includes Trident Medical Center, Summerville Medical Center, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency. A new freestanding ER located near the entrance to Nexton, Brighton Park Emergency, is scheduled to open in the Summer 2020.