Legendary actor Alan Alda, star of hit television series M*A*S*H* is on a campaign to ensure everyone is wearing a mask.
Masks have become a necessity with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the world is currently experiencing. Medical experts say wearing a protective mask when out in public can greatly slow the spread of the deadly virus.
In the United States, more than 26 million coronavirus cases have been reported. The pandemic has killed more than 443,000 Americans since it began spreading in early 2020. California has been the hardest hit state with 3.34 million coronavirus cases and more than 40,000 deaths. Worldwide, there have been 103 million reported cases and more than 2.24 million lives have been taken by the pandemic.
Alan Alda is one of several celebrities and public figures urging Americans to safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. He took to social media on Monday to share a throwback M*A*S*H* photo and encourage proper mask usage.
“How to save a life without doing surgery,” he writes in the Twitter post. “Wear a nice snug mask.”
He also says the photo is from his favorite photographer, his wife, Arlene Alda. The photo shows the M*A*S*H* crew posing together in their white scrub-like clothes. It appears from the photo that the crew is preparing for or done with a surgery. On the show, Alda plays Hawkeye Pierce, a doctor treating patients during wartime. Alda is also known for recurring roles in “30 Rock” and “The West Wing.” He has won numerous awards throughout his long career including the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
Alan Alda Crusading for COVID-19 Preventative Measures
It isn’t the first time Alda has spoken out on the importance of wearing a protective facemask and other preventive measures. Just a few weeks ago he took to Instagram to encourage people to get a vaccination when possible. He also encourages people to take a “selfie” after the vaccination and share it on social media.
“What if we take a selfie when we get vaccinated and post it on social media,” he writes in the caption space. “We all need to hear from people we trust that they are with the program. Let’s post our positivity. Don’t just take a selfie — take a vaccie!”