How to Talk About COVID-19 Vaccines with Friends and Family
COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it’s normal for people to have questions about them. The sheer amount of information—and misinformation—about COVID-19 vaccines can be overwhelming to anyone. You can help by listening without judgement and identifying the root of their concerns. Acknowledge their emotions so they know they have been heard. Ask open-ended questions to explore their concerns, ask permission to share information, and help them find their own reason to get vaccinated.
Masks and Health
Studies on the effects of wearing masks have shown there is no change in oxygen or carbon dioxide levels when people wear cloth and surgical masks while resting and exercising. The studies included healthy hospital workers, older adults, and adults with COPD. Although sometimes uncomfortable, masks were found to be safe even when exercising.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
Following a rapid rise in COVID-19 vaccination rates, U.S. vaccination progress is beginning to slow. While more than 8 in 10 people ages 65 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, only about 1 in 3 people ages 18 to 29 have. Everyone 16 and older is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and can benefit from the protection it offers themselves and others. Get vaccinated as soon as you can. Subscribe to get CDC’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review sent to your inbox every Friday.
CDC’s COVID-19 Science Update
As we learn more about COVID-19, CDC is working hard to ensure you have access to the latest information on the pandemic, the virus, and its variants. CDC’s COVID-19 Science Update links to new COVID-19-related studies and provides summaries of key findings, methods, and implications from these peer-reviewed and preprint articles.
Large gatherings bring together many people from multiple households in a private or public space. Large gatherings are often planned events with a large number of guests and invitations. Attending gatherings to celebrate graduations and other end of the school year events makes you more likely to get or spread COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate this year is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside while taking prevention measures.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
May 10, 2021
US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 32,543,257 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
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.