We recently canceled our annual fundraising event in response to the global outbreak of coronavirus, and to reduce the risk of transmission.

Information is abundant on measures we can take to protect ourselves. However, we feel compelled to stress that this is a public health crisis. As such, we must think of others, especially the vulnerable members of our communities who are at the highest risk of developing life-threatening complications from this virus.

It is therefore critical to understand that our actions or inactions not only affect us but all we come into contact with. We are being asked to make decisions that affect the well-being of others.

So please, as we make personal sacrifices to cancel those travel plans, practice social isolation, or avoid crowded places, know that you are doing it for us all.

Stay informed by getting preventative guidelines directly from reliable sources such as CDC, WHO, and your state or local public health officials. Avoid spreading misleading unverified information that may potentiate public hysteria.

Above all, we are united in praying for those who are affected physically, psychologically or financially by this global health crisis.

We should be at peace in knowing that together we will overcome this public health challenge.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

Sixtus Z. Atabong PA-C