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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Preparedness

The CDC has published the following information for the United States. Most of this information is based on measures everyone can do at home or work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Community Mitigation Guidance for COVID-19 Response in the United States: Non-pharmaceutical Interventions for Community Preparedness and Outbreak Response.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are public health actions that can slow the spread of emerging respiratory diseases like COVID-19 for which vaccines and drug treatments are not yet available. They include personal protective measures implemented by individuals and community measures implemented by affected communities. NPIs are used to build community preparedness in communities without known COVID-19 disease and to support outbreak responses in communities where local cases or cluster of diseases have occurred.

NPIS for Community Preparedness

CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:

Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.

Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.

Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak.

NPIs for COVID-19 Outbreaks in Communities

Personal Protective Measures. During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:

Keeping away from others who are sick.

Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible.

Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications.

Wearing a facemask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official.

Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms, if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine).

Community Measures. If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:

Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools.

Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:

Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking.

Modifying, postponing, or cancelling mass gatherings.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Download – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Download – COVID-19 Stop The Spread of Germs

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Additional Resources:

For Adults:

Rumor Control – Link to FEMA 

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020

CDC in Action: Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

For Kids:

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus