January 24, 2022
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.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Every home in the United States is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. These tests give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required).
COVID-19 self-tests (also referred to as home tests or over-the-counter tests) are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.
Self-tests can be taken at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results. You can use self-tests, regardless of vaccination status, or whether or not you have symptoms.
Follow all the manufacturer’s instructions for performing the test.
Caring for Someone Sick at Home
Learn what to do when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or when someone has been diagnosed with the virus. For most people, symptoms last a few days, and people usually feel better after a week.
Make sure the person who is sick drinks a lot of fluids and rests.
Use CDC’s self-checker tool to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.
Look for emergency warning signs and if someone shows these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.
The person who is sick should wear a mask when they are around other people. Caregivers should wear a mask and ask the sick person to put on a mask before entering the room.
Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs and reduce their spread.
Wash your hands often.
Caregivers should stay home and monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms while caring for the person who is sick.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19.
Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.
Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19.
Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.
Before recommending COVID-19 vaccination for children, scientists conducted clinical trials with thousands of children and no serious safety concerns were identified. Learn more about the process of developing, authorizing, and approving COVID-19 vaccines.
Teens ages 12 to 17 should receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at least 5 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary series. Currently, a booster shot is not recommended for children younger than 12.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
As of January 20, 2022, 209 million people have received their primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 82 million people have also gotten their booster. Getting vaccinated, including get boosted when eligible, is our best defense against severe outcomes from COVID-19. Wearing a well-fitting mask is also important to protect yourself and others.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
January 24, 2022
US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 70,641,725 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.