March 13, 2020

Pima County chief medical officer on COVID-19 recommendations

A discussion with Dr. Francisco Garcia.

Amid increased precautions across all levels of government to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Arizona 360 spoke to Pima County’s chief medical officer, Dr. Francisco Garcia, about what the county recommends.

“What Pima County is saying is that we each need to put our own oxygen mask on first before we put it on our seat mates, to borrow an analogy from the airline industry,” Garcia said. “That looks like making sure we’re staying home if we’re sick. Culturally, that might be a big shift depending on the profession, but we need to figure out how to make that happen.”

Garcia also urged people not to panic and to get their information about COVID-19 from trusted sources, such as the county health department.

“This is not something that we’ve seen before. And I think that that’s where the source of panic is coming from,” Garcia said.

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