Monday, November 30, 2020

Protect Your Home from COVID-19

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
November 30, 2020
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.
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Protect Your Home from COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread anywhere – even places where you feel safe, like your home. If one person in your household gets COVID-19, it can spread to others in your home. If your household includes one or more people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, then all household members should act as if they are more likely to get very sick. Consider wearing masks in shared spaces around others in your home. In shared spaces, stay about 2 arm lengths apart, wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and monitor your health daily. 

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How to Select and Use Hand Sanitizer

To prevent the spread of germs, including COVID-19, CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible. But if soap and water are not readily available, using a hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the sanitizer before it’s dry, or it may not work as well. Do not use alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean surfaces, and do not store alcohol-based hand sanitizer above 105°F (for example, it should not be stored in a car during the summer months). 

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Considerations for Who Should Get Tested

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. If you do get tested, you should stay at home while you wait for your test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or a public health professional. People who have symptoms of COVID-19, people who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, and people who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, or local or state health department, should be tested for COVID-19. 

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

As of November 30, 2020

In the United States, there have been 13,295,605 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.

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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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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November 24, 2020
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.
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Celebrating Thanksgiving

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. If having guests to your home, limit the number of guests, have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use. If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. Have guests bring their own food and drink and if sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Other Thanksgiving activities to consider include a virtual Thanksgiving meal with family and friends who don’t live with you, watching television and playing games with people in your household, online shopping, and delivering food to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others.

Everyone can make Thanksgiving safer by wearing a mask and staying at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you. For more tips on making Thanksgiving safer, visit 

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This Holiday Season Do What’s Best for You and Your Loved Ones

Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard. Hard choices to be apart this year may mean that you can spend many more years with your loved ones. When you talk with your friends and family about plans, it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. 

Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. Eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, take care of your body, and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness. This year spend time with those in your own household. 

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

As of November 23, 2020

In the United States, there have been 12,175,921 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.

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30329   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348
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Monday, November 16, 2020

Community Use of Masks to Control the Spread of COVID-19

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
November 16, 2020
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.
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Wearing Masks to Control the Spread of COVID-19

People age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household. Masks offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you, in case you have COVID-19, but don’t know it. A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing and should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart from others. However, masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household. 

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Households Living in Close Quarters

If your household includes people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, then all family members should act as if they are at higher risk too. Choose one or two family members who are not at a higher risk to run the essential errands. When running errands wear a mask, avoid crowds, and stay 6 feet apart from those who don’t live with you. If someone you live with becomes sick, provide a separate bedroom and bathroom for the person who is sick, if possible. If you cannot provide a separate room and bathroom, try to separate the person who is sick from other household members as much as possible. 

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Attending an Event or Gathering

If you’re planning to attend an event or gathering, make sure to prepare before you go. Check with the person hosting the gathering on whether steps are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be prepared to bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy at the gathering. You should bring masks (bring extra), hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and drinking water. While at the gathering, stay at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live in your household; avoid self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and condiment or drink stations; and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer immediately before eating food or after touching any common surfaces like hand railings, door handles, and toilets. Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

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Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19

The length of time a person has immunity to COVID-19 remains under investigation. Based on what we know from other related human coronaviruses, people appear to become susceptible to reinfection around 90 days after initially being infected. For people who have recovered from COVID-19, a positive COVID-19 test without new symptoms during the 90 days after initial infection more likely represents persistent shedding of viral RNA than reinfection. If such a person remains asymptomatic (or does not have symptoms) during this 90-day period, then any re-testing will not likely provide useful information, even if the person had close contact with an infected person. 

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Dining at a Restaurant

Before dining at a restaurant, call and ask if all staff are wearing masks while at work, and if options for self-parking are available. Wear masks when within 6 feet from other people or indoors; maintain a distance of 6 feet or more in any entryway, hallway, or waiting area; sit outside when possible, and choose food and drink options that are not self-serve. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting the restaurant or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

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

As of November 16, 2020

In the United States, there have been 10,984,398 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.

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30329   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348
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