Friday, January 15, 2021

Tips on Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
January 15, 2021
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Cases are rising. Act Now! Wear a Mask Stay Six Feet Apart Avoid Crowds

Tips on Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

If you are celebrating this day of service with people outside your household, make sure you follow steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some activities that are safer to do.

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  • Drop off a meal to a neighbor.
  • Make hygiene kits for local homeless shelters.
  • Send care packages to deployed troops.
  • Plan an outdoor activity with people who live with you, such as a park cleanup or walk.
  • Attend a virtual speech or event, such as the annual religious ceremony.
  • Share CDC prevention messages with your friends and family.
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Everyone Can Make Holiday Celebrations Safer

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Indoors or outdoors, stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds and indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from outside. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Get your flu and COVID-19 shots as soon as possible.
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Safer Celebrations

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter. If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings. If hosting or attending a holiday celebration, have conversations with your guests and the host ahead of time to make sure people will be following prevention methods. Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils. Take the steps that everyone can take to make the holidays safer. 

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Monday, January 11, 2021

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
January 11, 2021
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Cases are rising. Act Now! Wear a Mask Stay Six Feet Apart Avoid Crowds

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Common side effects include pain and swelling in the arm where you receive the shot. 

Graphic showing multiple methods for ventilating your home, including bringing in outdoor air, filtration, and exhaust fans.

Improving Ventilation in Your Home

Staying home with only members of your household is the best way to keep COVID-19 out of your home. However, if a visitor needs to be in your home, improving ventilation (air flow) can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in the air in your home. Good ventilation, along with other preventive actions, can help prevent you from getting and spreading COVID-19. There are ways you can improve ventilation in your home. Use as many ways as you can (open windows, use air filters, and turn on fans) to help clear out virus particles in your home faster.

  • Bring as much fresh air into your home as possible.
  • Filter the air in your home.
  • Turn on the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen.
  • Use fans to improve airflow.
  • Limit the number of visitors inside your home.

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New COVID-19 Variants

Information about recently discovered COVID-19 variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they might spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them. At this time, there is no evidence that these variants cause more severe illness or increased risk of death. CDC, in collaboration with other public health agencies, is monitoring the situation closely.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

January 11, 2021

In the United States, there have been 22,322,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now has a Vaccinations tab to track distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in your state.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Help Children Learn at Home

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January 4, 2021
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Help Children Learn at Home

Help children learn at home. To help you get the support you need to facilitate at-home learning, stay in touch with your child’s school; ask about available school services; and create a schedule and routine for learning at home. Remember, there is no “right” way for your child to learn at home. Do what works for you and your family, and make sure to prioritize your own well-being so that you stay healthy and feel ready to address your child’s needs in education and beyond. 

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Using Gyms, Fitness Centers, or Studios

Exercise is important for physical and mental health and should be continued for healthy living, especially during the coronavirus crisis. However, you should take precautions to make you less likely to get or spread COVID-19. Keep at least 6 feet away from other people; select a facility that requires all staff and attendees to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times; limit high-intensity activities to the outdoors; and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, before and after using machines. 

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COVID-19 Vaccines

Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19 and is a safer way to help build protection. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. It also may protect people around you, especially those more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. 
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After You Travel

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may pose a risk to your family, friends, and community after your travel. Consider getting tested with a viral test 3–5 days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days. Also take these actions for 14 days after you return from travel to protect others from getting COVID-19:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who did not travel with you
  • Wear a mask when you are in shared spaces outside of your home
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

As of January 4, 2021

In the United States, there have been 20,558,489 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now has a County View to help make decisions about everyday activities.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

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Tips on Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it ...