As of 06/23/2020
Per CDC, “COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.” It is thought to mainly spread from person-to-person contact between those in close contact with each other through respiratory droplets.
CDC Situation Summary (Updated April 19, 2020): more information here
- On a national level, the United States is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic; however, different parts of the country are experiencing different levels of activity.
- All U.S. states are experiencing community spread of COVID-19
- Cases include travelers, close contacts of known cases, and community-acquired with unknown source.
- CDC, state, and local health laboratories are testing for COVID-19.
CDC Recommendations and Health News: more information here
- June 23rd: The CDC’s updated recommendations for leaving your home during Phase 1:
- Maintaining 6-foot social distancing.
- The use of a cloth face mask. N-95 and surgical masks are NOT recommended as supplies must be reserved for healthcare workers.
- The use of disposable gloves is only recommended when caring for someone who is sick. Upon disposing of gloves, hand washing should take place immediately after.
- The use of gloves is NOT recommended for daily activities such as using the ATM or touching a shopping cart. Regular hand washing or the use of at least hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is preferred.
- CDC has instructions for cleaning and disinfecting different surfaces in the household. These include instructions for everyday cleaning and extra steps for when someone is sick. Find more information here
- April 24: The improper use of household disinfectants can result in health problems. Though the use of disinfectants to clean external surfaces is recommended, the CDC says that under no circumstances should disinfectants be administered to the human body via the means of ingestion, injection, or other routes.
- April 23: Through the CARES Act of 2020, CDC is issuing $631 million to 64 jurisdictions through the EPL (Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases). Learn more here.
- The White House “Slow the Spread” guidelines are in place until at least April 30
- These guidelines were first put into place on March 16.
- This is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing.
- Coronavirus is thought to spread person to person via respiratory droplets, hence the CDC recommends maintaining a 6 feet distance between people. Further, some studies suggest the virus may be spread by asymptomatic people.
- April 3: CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks in public settings, including grocery stores and pharmacies. CDC is not recommending the use of surgical masks or N95 masks by the public as those resources should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
- Using cloth masks is not a substitute for social distancing. The CDC still recommends that people try to keep 6 feet between themselves and others, even when wearing a mask.
- CDC has put out a weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report, “COVIDView”, which summarizes and interprets key indicators used to track the COVID-19 pandemic
- The elderly and people with severe chronic conditions (heart disease, lung disease, diabetes) are at an increased risk for developing a more serious COVID-19 illness and hence should take special precautions.
- Most of those with mild illness can recover by isolating at home and without medical care.
- A person with a cough or fever should consider whether they might have COVID-19, based on multiple other factors (where they live, travel history, other exposures).
- Some risk factors for exposure include:
- Being in an area with ongoing community spread (this risk varies per location)
- Travelers returning from areas with high COVID-19 activity
- Close contacts to individuals with COVID-19
- Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients
- At this time, non-pharmaceutical methods which include activities such as social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus are the first line approach in managing COVID-19 infections.
- Listed below are helpful resources:
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