Coronavirus News and Updates

Research Use Only 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-time RT-PCR Primers and Probes
With extensive participation from US clinical and public health laboratories, academic institutions, and the private sector, the SPHERES consortium aims to generate information about the virus that will strengthen COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Until more information becomes available, precautions should be taken in handling specimens that are suspected or confirmed for SARS-CoV-2.
CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.
Public Health Recommendations for People in U.S. Communities Exposed to a Person with Known or Suspected COVID-19, other than Health Workers or other Critical Infrastructure Workers
Learn how to protect therapy and service animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow your local guidance for acceptable business and social practices. Follow CDC's general recommendations for protecting pets from infection, when possible.

CDC works with partners to bring together weekly forecasts for COVID-19 deaths in one place. These forecasts have been developed independently and shared publicly. It is important to bring these forecasts together to help understand how they compare with each other and how much uncertainty there is about what may happen in the upcoming four weeks.
Learn about COVID-19 forecasts and modeling for new hospitalizations.
Interim Guidance for Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
This toolkit will help health departments develop their communications with communities about COVID-19 contact tracing.

The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. Studies are underway to understand and potentially reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minorities.
Interim guidance on COVID-19 for agriculture workers and employers
Tools and resources for occupational safety and health professionals and state and local public health officials assessing meat and poultry processing facilities.

Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Refugees to the United States, especially those who are recently resettled, may be in living or working conditions that put them at higher risk of getting COVID-19.

Resources for Healthcare Professionals Caring for COVID-19 Patients
CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.
CDC has guidance for administrators of group homes (GHs) for people with disabilities. GH administrators may consider implementing several strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
Learn how communities can stay safe while resuming school and providing support for parents and guardians returning to work.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
This guidance is intended for people living together in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families.

Information supports healthcare personnel who may care for patients who are confirmed with or under investigation for COVID-19.
Limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness, transmission efficiency, and the duration of viral shedding for persons with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This guidance is based on available information about COVID-19 and subject to change as additional information becomes available.
Today the number of people in the United States who have died from COVID-19 surpassed 100,000. Families, friends, coworkers, loved ones and community members are grieving for each person who has been lost to this disease.

Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and. Wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering.
Informational web page with links to provide relevant COVID-19 information for sanitation and wastewater workers
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Triage of Suspected COIVD-19 Patients in non-US Healthcare Settings
CDC has published guidance to support Direct Service Providers (DSPs), including personal care attendants, direct support professionals, paraprofessionals, therapists, and others as they support people with disabilities for COVID-19.

This guidance is intended to inform Direct Service Providers, caregivers, parents, and people with developmental and behavioral disorders on accommodations, modifications, and assistance related to COVID-19 preparation and response.
Guidance on the cleaning and disinfection of households where persons under investigation (PUI) or those with confirmed COVID-19 reside or may be in self-isolation.
CDC offers considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
As part of your everyday prevention actions clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. For example: tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread.

If you have or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19.
As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner.
Interim Additional Guidance for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings: Responding to Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States

Institutions of higher education (IHE), working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases, and protecting vulnerable students, staff, and faculty to help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
This page includes interim guidance and resources for laboratory professionals working with specimens from persons under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Across America, states and localities are experiencing different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many state and local officials have determined to begin moving gradually and strategically toward reopening their regions. Today, CDC published guidance to help prevent exposures to COVID-19 in facilities used by communities of faith and to keep their staff and attendees as healthy as possible as they exercise their faith.
Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.
Health care providers should contact their local/state health department immediately to notify them of patients with fever and lower respiratory illness who they suspect may have COVID-19.
Steps that healthcare facilities can take to prepare for an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among patients and staff.

Get ready! Steps you take to prepare your clinic for flu also can help protect your patients and healthcare workers from COVID-19.
Environmental health practitioners and rodent control programs: rodent activity is increasing in some jurisdictions. Rodent control and surveillance are critical for protecting public health during responses to natural disasters and public health emergencies. Learn how to address community-wide rodent activity in your area.

Across America, states and localities are experiencing different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have chosen to begin moving gradually and strategically toward resuming civic life. To help states, tribes, localities, and territories, as well as businesses and community organizations operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recomendaciones interinas para la prevención y el control de infecciones en la atención de pacientes con enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) confirmada o personas bajo investigación por COVID 19 en entornos de atención médica.

Resources and interim guidelines for laboratory professionals working with specimens from persons with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Tips to keep children healthy while school's out
These infection prevention and control considerations are for healthcare facilities providing obstetric care for pregnant patients with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or pregnant persons under investigation (PUI) in inpatient obstetric healthcare settings including obstetrical triage, labor and delivery, recovery and inpatient postpartum settings.

Describe the Qualities, Skills, And Styles of Effective COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contract Tracing Leads
Người lao động và nhà sử dụng lao động có thể làm gì để quản lý sự mệt mỏi tại nơi làm việc trong đại dịch COVID-19
Lo que pueden hacer empleados y empleadores para manejar la fatiga laboral durante el COVID-19
COVID-19 상황에서 직장의 피로 관리를 위해 근로자와 고용주가 할 수 있는 사항
在 COVID-19 期间,员工和雇主可以采取什么措施来处理工作疲劳的问题

CDC offers considerations for ways in which schools can help protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19発生中に職場での疲労を管理するために労働者と雇用主ができること
Was Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitgeber tun können, um mit der Müdigkeit am Arbeitsplatz während COVID-19 umzugehen
O que trabalhadores e empregadores podem fazer para gerir a fadiga no local de trabalho durante a COVID-19
CDC offers considerations for ways in which camp administrators can help protect campers, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Preventing COVID-19 spread in schools, workplaces, and communities.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is delivering $11 billion in new funding to support testing for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide $10.25 billion to states, territories, and local jurisdictions through CDC's existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement.

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission
Interim Guidance for Public Health Professionals Managing People With COVID-19 in Home Care and Isolation Who Have Pets or Other Animals


Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Veterinary Clinics During the COVID-19 Response
Learn about hospital surveillance (rates) and how that information helps find who is most at risk for severe illness and death, including important demographic information

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Guidance intended to provide key actions that local and state health departments, homelessness service systems, housing authorities, emergency planners, healthcare facilities, and homeless outreach services can take to protect people experiencing homelessness from the spread of COVID-19.
CDC laboratories' work in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Interim Operational Considerations for Public Health Management of Healthcare Workers Exposed to or Infected with COVID-19: non-US Healthcare Settings

We do not have information from published scientific reports about the susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19.
To aid healthcare professionals and hospitals, CDC has developed two checklists that identify key actions that can be taken now to enhance preparedness for potential or confirmed patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home. Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
You can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Learn what you can do to prepare your home and family.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
This interim guidance is intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States. A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event.

Guidance on preparing for, preventing, and managing the spread of COVID-19 in correctional and detention facilities.
Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Operational Considerations for Personal Protective Equipment in the Context of Global Supply Shortages for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: non-US Healthcare Settings
Guidance for return to work healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed COVID-19, or who have suspected COVID-19 (e.g., developed symptoms of a respiratory infection [e.g., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever] but did not get tested for COVID-19).
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the newly emerged coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. To prevent further spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to collect information to better understand the virus and its impact on health outcomes, CDC has developed a form that provides a standardized approach to reporting COVID-19 cases (individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19). These data are needed to track the impact of the outbreak and inform public health response.

COVID-19 Considerations for Cleaner Air Shelters and Cleaner Air Spaces to Protect the Public from Wildfire Smoke
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
CDC's office in Fort Collins ships 9 tons of stockpiled protective equipment to public health agencies and CDC teams around the world.
Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day.

This new guidance offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of disposable medical gloves in healthcare settings when there is limited supply.
Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators using Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies
This guidance is to assist healthcare facilities in mitigating healthcare personnel staffing shortages that might occur because of COVID-19.
This web page contains COVID-19 staffing guidance for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.

This page includes information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for travelers and travel-related industries.
Management of Visitors to Healthcare Facilities in the Context of COVID-19: Non-US Healthcare Settings

Guidance on the use of PPE for healthcare personnel caring for patients with confirmed or possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the transmission of the virus in communities.
Considerations for Providing Hemodialysis to Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Acute Care Settings

Checklist for Healthcare Facilities: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators during the COVID-19 Response
Guidance for the Identification of Healthcare Workers and Inpatients with Suspected COVID-19 in non-US Healthcare Settings

Guidance on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas of those with suspected or with confirmed
Interim Guidance for Conserving and Extending Filtering Facepiece Respirator Supply in Non-Healthcare Sectors
This document is intended for use by federal, state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in the United States. It should be used in conjunction with existing cooling center operation and management plans, procedures, guidance, resources, and systems.
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance)

As part of the risk assessment and public health management of persons with potential COVID-19, public health personnel will typically conduct interviews and assess these individuals for fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships.
You can take steps to protect the health of you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Learn what you can do to plan and prepare.
Strategic priority infection prevention and control (IPC) activities for containment and prevention of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities in non-US settings
CDC is modifying existing surveillance systems to track COVID-19, and posted the first of what will be a weekly surveillance report called, "COVIDView."

CDC has become aware that members of the general public are receiving calls appearing to originate from CDC through caller ID, or they are receiving scammer voice mail messages saying the caller is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some calls are requesting donations.
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors. For up-to-date information, visit CDC's coronavirus disease 2019 situation summary page.
COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.

This interim guidance is to help household members plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages household members to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.
When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread.
Photos of MERS-CoV and additional information for general public, media, healthcare professionals and laboratories...
There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. At present clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplementary oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated. An array of drugs approved for other indications as well as several investigational drugs are being studied in several hundred clinical trials that are underway across the globe. The purpose of this document is to provide information on two of the approved drugs (chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine) and one of the investigational agents (remdesivir) currently in use in the United States.
Guidance for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation1 of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, including persons under investigation.
Guide to strategies for allocating stockpiled ventilators to healthcare systems and facilities during the COVID-19 response.
Introduction of COVID-19 into a long-term residential care facility in Washington resulted in cases among 81 residents, 34 staff members, and 14 visitors; 23 persons died. Limitations in effective infection control and prevention and staff members working in multiple facilities contributed to intra- and interfacility spread.

This first preliminary description of outcomes among patients with COVID-19 in the United States indicates that fatality was highest in persons aged ≥85, ranging from 10% to 27%, followed by 3% to 11% among persons aged 65-84 years, 1% to 3% among persons aged 55-64 years, <1% among persons aged 20-54 years, and no fatalities among persons aged ≤19 years.
Although the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 for people with HIV is not known, people with HIV may have concerns and questions related to their risk.
FAQs for administrators for institutes of higher education
Purpose: This document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of facemasks in healthcare settings when there is limited supply. It does not address other aspects of pandemic planning; for those, healthcare facilities can refer to COVID-19 preparedness plans.
Purpose: This document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of eye protection in healthcare settings when there is limited supply. It does not address other aspects of pandemic planning; for those, healthcare facilities can refer to COVID-19 preparedness plans.
Initial Investigation of Transmission of COVID-19 Among Crew Members During Quarantine of a Cruise Ship - Yokohama, Japan, February 2020
Purpose: This document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of isolation gowns in healthcare settings when there is limited supply. It does not address other aspects of pandemic planning; for those, healthcare facilities can refer to COVID-19 preparedness plans.

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Surveillance and Containment Measures for the First 100 Patients with COVID-19 in Singapore - January 2-February 29, 2020
Guidance for all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.
Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education with Students Participating in International Travel or Study Abroad Programs

Active Monitoring of Persons Exposed to Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 - United States, January-February 2020
Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist For Transport and Arrival of Patients With Confirmed or Possible COVID-19