Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

 

CDC Statement as of November 2021

We know what it takes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends people follow prevention strategies such as wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, washing your hands frequently, and physically distancing from others. CDC also recommends that everyone protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated. CDC encourages a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are eligible. Travelers to the U.S. should continue to follow CDC recommendations for traveling. CDC will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Risk of Exposure

  • Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states.

  • People in places where the ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk depending on the location.

  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.

  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.

  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk depending on where they traveled.

 

Risk of Severe Illness

COVID-19 shows that some people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.

This includes:

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

How Can I Protect Myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick and wear a mask
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20

seconds.

• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If You Are Sick

To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19