With the spread of unreliable information online during the coronavirus pandemic, six former State Health Directors for North Carolina joined for an op-ed echoing the directives of Governor Cooper’s administration and offering tips to weather the pandemic.

The health directors praised Governor Cooper, writing, “We have been fortunate in our state to have the leadership of Governor Roy Cooper, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, and our State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson who have acted decisively to help protect our citizens during these challenging times.” 

Step One: Stay at home, only going out to get food, medicine, exercise or other essential tasks.

Step Two: Stay informed via reliable outlets, especially www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov. Listen to local officials and health care providers.

Step Three: Don’t seek testing for a mild illness. Most people who contract COVID-19 will have a mild experience and will recover at home. Leaving the house when you are sick will expose otherwise healthy people to the virus, putting others at risk. It also puts an extra strain on health care workers who need to focus on more serious cases.

Read the full op-ed from the former North Carolina State Health Directors from the News & Observer.