As COVID-19 Soars, AHF Urges ‘Don’t Share Air’ in New Nat’l Billboard Campaign

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As COVID-19 rates skyrocket across the nation, AHF goes ‘back to basics’ on prevention with the launch of new billboard and transit ad campaigns promoting mask use. Ads urging the public ‘#DontShareAir” are up now in 16 cities in 11 states including CA, FL, GA, IL, LA, MD, MS, OH, PA, TX and WA


Public health message encourages mask use and social distancing to combat record rates of COVID-19  


LOS ANGELES (November 12, 2020) As rates of COVID-19 continue to skyrocket in the US—with a reported 60,000 hospitalized as of earlier this week and more than 100,000 new infections being logged daily, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is rolling out an urgent new nationwide public service billboard and transit advertising campaign headlined and hash-tagged “#DontShareAir.” The goal is to encourage mask use and social distancing as a means to reduce new infections of the deadly novel coronavirus that has wreaked humanitarian and economic devastation across the country and around the globe.


Earlier this week, CNN reported “The US has averaged 108,737 new Covid-19 cases a day over the past week — a record high, according to Johns Hopkins.”


Since the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infected 59.1 million people globally and claimed over 1.3 million lives. The devastating effects of the pandemic on all aspects of human activity cannot be understated.  The impact of the virus on public health, the global economy, politics and civic institutions will likely be felt for generations. Amid this crisis, the possibility of an effective vaccine for COVID-19 holds a hopeful promise for a gradual end to the pandemic. However, until that time, our best course of action is to deploy simple, yet effective measures like mask use and social distancing to prevent new infections.


Over the past few weeks from late October to early November “#DontShareAir” billboards, bulletins, bus bench ads, interior cards and/or transit ads have posted in California (Los Angeles), Florida (Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Pensacola, South Beach/Miami and St Petersburg), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Louisiana (Baton Rouge), Maryland (Baltimore), Mississippi (Jackson),  Ohio (Cleveland and Columbus), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Texas (Dallas) and Washington State (Seattle).  


The artwork for AHF’s “#DontShareAir” public service message looks somewhat like a modernist or abstract art painting. It features highly stylized graphic silhouettes of the heads of two individuals facing each other but standing a few feet apart. The hashtag “#DontShareAir” appears to spill from the mouth of one, together with thousands of tiny droplets that appear to make their way across the space toward the second silhouetted face at the other end of the billboard, suggesting the coronavirus on the move.


“As the numbers of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID continue to climb and we head into our first full winter with the coronavirus, AHF is seeking to reinforce prudent public health messaging and practices with this new ‘#DontShareAir’ awareness campaign,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AHF. “We want to strongly encourage the general public to get back to basics and remind people that masks and social distancing are an effective

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