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Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

He won’t. Not when there’s a conflict between money and the public good. Not when it’ll do the most good.

From the Missouri State Medical Association:

MO State Medical Assn @MOMedicalAssn
Missouri #physicians request statewide #ShelterInPlace executive order. #moleg #COVID19
12:17 PM · Mar 23, 2020


On behalf of the physicians and surgeons practicing in Missouri, the Missouri State Medical Association requests the enactment of a “shelter-in-place” requirement by executive order.

We appreciate the previous actions you have taken regarding this crisis, and understand the interwoven policy issues at play during this critical time. However, we now believe that a
statewide “shelter-in-place” order is the only way to curb the exponential spread of COVID-19 in Missouri.

If things progress as is, COVID-19 patients will deplete the state’s available hospital beds, ventilators, and precious personal protection equipment. Any additional time without a “shelter-in-place” requirement wastes crucial healthcare resources, including manpower.

As physicians, we understand our role as the first line of defense against this virus. We accept the likelihood that a number of physicians will contract COVID-19 while treating the citizens of Missouri. Despite that known fact, we are prepared to carry out our responsibilities for as long as needed.

We ask for your assistance as we begin this difficult journey.


They do science and, you know, medicine. They understand math and the meaning of the term “exponential,” too.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2019 file photo].

Do the right thing.