Variants for the Virus that Causes COVID-19
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur. If you think about a virus like a tree growing and branching out, each branch on the tree is slightly different than the others. CDC is monitoring multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, including four in the United States that seem to spread more easily than others. So far, studies suggest that current authorized vaccines work on these variants. Everyone ages 12 and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
Preparing for Your COVID-19 Vaccination
Vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal. You should get a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. To find a COVID vaccine, search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the United States.
Your Guide to Masks
If you are age 2 or older and not fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask in indoor public places. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
The United States has made tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19. But with the emergence and spread of variants, more needs to be done to reach freedom from the virus. COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against all known variants and will help protect you and the people you love. Read more about the current state of the pandemic in the COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
July 6, 2021
US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 33,545,316 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.